H-Wave, a nonpharmacologic alternative for the treatment of patients with chronic soft tissue inflammation and neuropathic pain: a preliminary statistical outcome study

Adv Ther. 2006 May-Jun;23(3):446-55. doi: 10.1007/BF02850166.


The burden of chronic soft tissue inflammation and neuropathic pain on individuals and society is substantial. This study was conducted to evaluate the H-wave device--an innovative form of treatment for chronic pain and inflammation--in patients with persistent pain associated with injuries or conditions affecting the upper or lower extremities or the back. Patients with at least moderate pain despite conventional therapy were included in a systematic survey after they had been given 2 to 6 wk of treatment with the H-wave device. Measures of improvement involved the proportion of patients with diminished medication requirements, improved function, or pain relief greater than 25%. More than 60% of patients with pain in the lower extremities, upper extremities, or back experienced pain relief exceeding 25%. The proportion of patients whose function improved and who were able to perform a new activity was consistently greater than 50% across the 3 anatomic subgroups. More than 40% of patients in each group were able to reduce or completely eliminate the use of pain medications. These benefits of treatment were independent of the type of pain therapy administered previously. In each anatomic subgroup, the proportion of patients who reported improvement on more than 1 of the 3 endpoints was significantly higher than the expected response to placebo therapy (P<.001). Results suggest that the H-wave device provided important benefits to patients with chronic soft tissue inflammation and neuropathic pain.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain Management*
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / therapy*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires