Kilohertz and Low-Frequency Electrical Stimulation With the Same Pulse Duration Have Similar Efficiency for Inducing Isometric Knee Extension Torque and Discomfort

Abstract : Objective To test the hypotheses that, as compared with pulsed current with the same pulse duration, kilohertz frequency alternating current would not differ in terms of evoked-torque production and perceived discomfort, and as a result, it would show the same current efficiency. Design A repeated-measures design with 4 stimuli presented in random order was used to test 25 women: (1) 500-microsecond pulse duration, (2) 250-microsecond pulse duration, (3) 500-microsecond pulse duration and low carrier frequency (1 kHz), (4) 250-microsecond pulse duration and high carrier frequency (4 kHz). Isometric peak torque of quadriceps muscle was measured using an isokinetic dynamometer. Discomfort was measured using a visual analog scale. Results Currents with long pulse durations induced approximately 21% higher evoked torque than short pulse durations. In addition, currents with 500 microseconds delivered greater amounts of charge than stimulation patterns using 250-microsecond pulse durations (P < 0.05). All currents presented similar discomfort. There was no difference on stimulation efficiency with the same pulse duration. Conclusions Both kilohertz frequency alternating current and pulsed current, with the same pulse duration, have similar efficiency for inducing isometric knee extension torque and discomfort. However, neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) with longer pulse duration induces higher NMES-evoked torque, regardless of the carrier frequency. Pulse duration is an important variable that should receive more attention for an optimal application of NMES in clinical settings.
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American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2017, 96 (6), pp.388 - 394. 〈http://journals.lww.com/ajpmr/Abstract/2017/06000/Kilohertz_and_Low_Frequency_Electrical_Stimulation.4.aspx〉. 〈10.1097/PHM.0000000000000631〉
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Flávia Vanessa Medeiros, Martim Bo, Amilton Vieira, Tiago Pires Lucas, Karenina Arrais Modesto, et al.. Kilohertz and Low-Frequency Electrical Stimulation With the Same Pulse Duration Have Similar Efficiency for Inducing Isometric Knee Extension Torque and Discomfort. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2017, 96 (6), pp.388 - 394. 〈http://journals.lww.com/ajpmr/Abstract/2017/06000/Kilohertz_and_Low_Frequency_Electrical_Stimulation.4.aspx〉. 〈10.1097/PHM.0000000000000631〉. 〈hal-01566172〉

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