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Hyperthermia to Treat Low Back Pain and Gonarthrosis

Saggini R., De Antoni A., Cancelli F., Cacchio A., Di Mascio R., Di Nicola M., Ballone E.

No pain 12 months after the treatment

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The statistical analyses of the results indicate a significant reduction of pain and of the intake of FANS after the treatment.

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to set forth the results achieved with the hyperthermia treatment of low back pain due to slipped disk, as diagnosed through MRI, and moderate gonarthrosis as diagnosed through X-ray examination.

Materials and Methods

80 patients, divided into two groups have been subjected to evaluation. The first group included 35 patients suffering from low back pain, the second group included 45 patients suffering from gonarthrosis. The treatment consisted in a cycle including ten sessions (at the rate of three sessions per week) lasting 30 minutes each. Patients were evaluated by use of VAS and of a questionnaire reporting any intake of FANS.

Results

The statistical analyses of the results indicate a significant reduction of pain and of the intake of FANS after the treatment in the case of both ailments, and an optional stabilization of VAS results in the group of patients suffering from gonarthrosis and the checks performed 6 and 12 months after treatment. In the case of low back pain, the instances in which pain returns after 6 and 12 months of follow-up are statistically significant (p<0.05 Wilcoxon test).

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