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dc.contributor.authorKumaran, Binoy
dc.contributor.authorWatson, Tim
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-03T12:17:36Z
dc.date.available2016-03-03T12:17:36Z
dc.date.issued2015-08-01
dc.identifier.citationKumaran , B & Watson , T 2015 , ' Radiofrequency-based treatment in therapy-related clinical practice – a narrative review. Part I : acute conditions ' , Physical Therapy Reviews , vol. 20 , no. 4 , pp. 241-254 . https://doi.org/10.1179/1743288X15Y.0000000016
dc.identifier.issn1083-3196
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 9327167
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: acd7fa7e-d37c-48f1-9a0b-c24707d79bf0
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85015554577
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2299/16657
dc.descriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Physical Therapy Reviews on 24 June 2015, available online at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1179/1743288X15Y.0000000016
dc.description.abstractBackground: Radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RFEMF or simply RF)-based electrophysical agents (EPAs) have been employed in therapy-related clinical practice for several decades. They are used to reduce pain and inflammation and enhance tissue healing. Although these agents have generally become less popular in contemporary therapy practice, surveys have shown that some of these modalities are still reasonably widely used. Objective: To review the evidence for the use of non-invasive low frequency RFs (30 kHz–30 MHz) in therapy-related clinical practice. Major findings: All peer reviewed therapy-related clinical studies published in English and concerning low frequency RF were sought. Identified literature was divided into acute and chronic segments based on their clinical area and analysed to assess the volume and scope of current evidence. The studies on acute conditions were reviewed in detail for this paper. One hundred twenty clinical studies were identified, of which 30 related to acute conditions. The majority of studies employed Pulsed Shortwave Therapy (PSWT). Twenty-two studies out of 30 were related to conditions of pain and inflammation, seven to tissue healing and one to acute pneumothorax. No studies were identified on frequencies other than shortwave. Conclusions: Evidence for and against RF-based therapy is available. There is reasonable evidence in support of PSWT to alleviate postoperative pain and promote postoperative wound healing. Evidence for other acute conditions is sparse and conflicting. A general lack of research emphasis in the non-shortwave RF band is evident, with studies on acute conditions almost non-existent. Further and wider research in this area is warranted.en
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofPhysical Therapy Reviews
dc.subjectAcute conditions,Clinical effects,Electrophysical agents,Non-invasive,Radiofrequency
dc.titleRadiofrequency-based treatment in therapy-related clinical practice – a narrative review. Part I : acute conditionsen
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Health and Social Work
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Allied Health Professions and Midwifery
dc.contributor.institutionHealth & Human Sciences Research Institute
dc.contributor.institutionAllied Health Professions
dc.contributor.institutionPhysiotherapy
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
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