Evaluation of combination therapy with the use of low-frequency magnetic field and ultraphonophoresis for patients with chronic osteoarthrits of the knee
Marek Woszczak, Kacper Kucz, Marek Kiljański, Marta Woszczak
M. Woszczak, K. Kucz, M. Kiljański, M. Woszczak – Ocena terapii skojarzonej polem magnetycznym niskiej częstotliwości i ultrafonoforezy u pacjentów z przewlekłą chorobą zwyrodnieniową stawów kolanowych. FP 2013; 13(3); 48-54
The aim of the study was to evaluate the combination therapy involving low-frequency magnetic field and phonophoresis applied lo patients suffering from osteoarthritis (ICD – M 77).
The assessment of physical condition was made through 6 climbs of a patient onto a 17 centimeire step within 30 seconds, the first step was made with less aching leg.
Thanks to this test the group of patients qualified to the study was homogeneous. The study involved 62 people (47 women, 75 men) aged 41-86, randomly assigned to two comparative groups. The patients’ health was assessed by means of WOMAC scale, Pain Assessment Scale VAS and functional kneeling test. The examination was conducted twice: before the beginning of the treatment and after a series of physiotherapeutic sessions. Group A was treated with the combination therapy including magnetic field and ultraphonophoresis
Group B was treated with low frequency magnetic field in addition, both groups were abo subjected To kinesiotherapy strengthening the four-headed muscle of the femur. For the statistical analysis of the research the Statistical Package for Social Sciences was employed (PASW 78). To check the effectiveness of the therapy in group A the Test of Relevant Statistical Differences t-siudent for paired data was applied.
osteoarthritis of the knee, low-frequency magnetic field, phonophoresis