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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 104-106
Effectiveness of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and microcurrent electrical nerve stimulation in bruxism associated with masticatory muscle pain - A comparative study


1 Vice Principal, Jaipur Hospital College of Physiotherapy, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
2 Principal, MGM Institue of Physiotherapy, Aurangabad, Maharastra, India
3 Department of Electrotherapy, KLES Institute of Physiotherapy, Belgaum, Karnataka, India
4 KLES Katti Institute of Dental Sciences, Belgaum, Karnataka, India

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Bharat Rajpurohit
Vice Principal, Jaipur Hospital College of Physiotherapy, Jaipur, Rajasthan
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.62816

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Objectives: To compare the effectiveness of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and microcurrent electrical nerve stimulation (MENS) on masticatory muscles pain bruxism patient. Materials and Methods : A total of 60 subjects with the clinical diagnosis of bruxism were randomly allocated to two study groups. Group A received TENS (50 Hz, pulse width 0.5 mSec, intensity 0-60 mA for 20 minutes for a period of seven days) and Group B received MENS (0.5 Hz, intensity 1,000 μA for 20 minutes for a period of seven days). The outcome measures were assessed in term of Visual Analog Scale (VAS) and digital pressometer of 2 Kgf. Results : The study showed significant change in intensity of pain as per VAS score ( P ≤ 0.0001) and tenderness as per digital pressometer ( P ≤ 0.0001). Conclusion : MENS could be used as an effective pain-relieving adjunct to TENS in the treatment of masticatory muscle pain due to bruxism.


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