Cell-stimulation therapy of lateral epicondylitis with frequency-modulated low-intensity electric current

Bull Exp Biol Med. 2012 Mar;152(5):653-5. doi: 10.1007/s10517-012-1599-6.
[Article in English, Russian]


In addition to the routine therapy, the patients with lateral epicondylitis included into experimental group were subjected to a 12-week cell-stimulation therapy with low-intensity frequency-modulated electric current. The control group received the same routine therapy and sham stimulation (the therapeutic apparatus was not energized). The efficiency of this microcurrent therapy was estimated by comparing medical indices before therapy and at the end of a 12-week therapeutic course using a 10-point pain severity numeric rating scale (NRS) and Roles-Maudsley pain score. The study revealed high therapeutic efficiency of cell-stimulation with low-intensity electric current resulting probably from up-regulation of intracellular transmitters, interleukins, and prostaglandins playing the key role in the regulation of inflammation.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy / instrumentation
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy / methods*
  • Electricity
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain / complications
  • Pain / physiopathology
  • Pain Management / instrumentation
  • Pain Management / methods*
  • Pain Measurement
  • Tennis Elbow / complications
  • Tennis Elbow / physiopathology
  • Tennis Elbow / therapy*