Randomized Trial of Codetron for pain Control in Osteoarthritis of the Hip/Knee Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Patients suffering from pain due to osteoarthritis of the hip and knee participated in a double-blind placebo controlled trial using daily Codetron home care units for 6 weeks over the tibial, saphenous, popliteal and sciatic nerves, and tender points. Seventy-four percent of patients in the real Codetron (Group A) and 28% of the patients in sham Codetron (Group B) improved their pain level more than 25% as measured by visual analogue scale. The difference in pain improvement in the two groups was statistically significant (p less than 0.02 using Fisher's exact probability ratio). Other functional parameters proved to be insensitive to change in this study. This is highly suggestive of beneficial effect of nonhabituating Codetron as a complementary modality in the therapy of chronic pain conditions such as osteoarthritis.

publication date

  • June 1989