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Indian Journal of Mednodent and Allied Sciences
Year : 2018, Volume : 6, Issue : 3
First page : ( 94) Last page : ( 99)
Print ISSN : 2347-6192. Online ISSN : 2347-6206.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2347-6206.2018.00012.2

Efficacy of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) and Pharmacotherapies in Myofacial Pain: A Randomised Study

Venepally Sailaxmi1, Balmuri Praveen Kumar2,*, Reddy Shantan3, Sravanthi Sai4

1Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Prathima Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagunur, Karimnagar, Telangana

2Professor, Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology, G Pulla Reddy Dental College & Hospital, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh

3Reader, Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology, Sri Balaji Dental College, Moinabad, Hyderabad, Telangana

4Senior Lecturer, Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology, Sri Balaji Dental College, Moinabad, Hyderabad, Telangana

*Corresponding author email id: dr_praveenrao@yahoo.co.in

Online published on 12 August, 2019.

Abstract

Background

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a collective term for the disorders involving the temporomandibular joint, the soft-tissue structures within the joint and the muscles of mastication. Myofascial pain is the most common type of painful TMD, characterised by pain in the muscles of mastication, frequently along with muscle dysfunction and tightness.

Objectives

To evaluate and compare the effectiveness of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) with pharmacotherapy in the management of myofacial pain.

Methodology

A total of 40 patients with myofacial pain are divided into two groups, in which 20 patients (Group A) were treated with pharmacotherapy and other 20 patients (Group B) were treated with TENS.

Results

In Group B, all the patients were responded well for therapy, and there was significant reduction in myofacial pain as compared with patients in Group A.

Conclusion

Our study revealed a positive result towards TENS therapy and concluded that it can be given as first line of therapy.

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Keywords

Myo-facial pain, Transcutaneouselectrical nerve stimulation, Pharmacotherapy, Visual analogue scal.

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