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《Chinese Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation》 2006-12
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The effects of TENS on metatarsus plantarflexion and inversion in stroke patients

WANG Yong-hui~* YUE Shou-wei GUO Li-hua CHEN Xian-hua ZHANG Jin-gang WANG Jiu-jiang * Department of Rehabilitation,Qilu Hospital of Shandong Medical University,Jinan 250012,China  
Objective To evaluate the effects of TENS on metatarsus plantar flexion and inversion in stroke patients,and to explore its mechanism.Methods Thirty-two stroke patients with gastrocnemius spasticity were randomly divided into a control group (n=16) and a TENS group (n=16).All patients were treated with foot sup- ports,neurodevelopmental and manipulation therapies.In addition,the TENS group received TENS on the anterior tibialis,peroneus longus and brevis muscles.All patients were assessed in terms of their Chinese stroke scale(CSS) and H reflex scores before and after therapy.Results Compared with those in the control group,the H reflex scores in the TENS group were obviously decreased,while H reflex latency was prolonged and H/M was reduced. Gait in the TENS group was evidently improved.Conclusion TENS is an effective therapy to decrease gastrocnemi- us spasticity and to improve the gait of stroke patients.
【CateGory Index】: R743
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