Navinderpal Singh


TN occurs more frequently in second and third division of trigeminal nerve, so deep and limited to the territory of trigeminal distribution. The attacks are accompanied by salivation, lacrimation, rhinorrhea, nasal mucosa congestion, skin redness, facial swelling and/or contraction of the muscles acting on jaw. It is also characterized by regions of increased arousal, called trigger zones.There is gamut of medical and surgical treatment modalities available for trigeminal neuralgia, with other treatment methods like physiotherapy, acupuncture and psychological methods.5To control pain in patients with TN,carbamazepine should be offered and oxcarbazepine,baclofen,lamotrigine and pimozide may be considered6Physiotherapy is one of the methods to treat TN ,pain control is usually achieved by means of electrical stimulation .The two currents most often used to achieve this intention are pulsed current usually referred as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation(TENS) and burst modulated medium frequency alternating current in the form of interferential current(IFC).

Efficacy of TENS and IFC on Trigeminal Neuralgia have been studied separately but studies on comparison arenot available. So present study was taken up with the purpose of comparing efficacy of TENS and IFC on trigeminal neuralgia

Both TENS and IFC has significant efficacy in case of Trigeminal Neuralgia when studied separately. But in comparative study between efficacy of TENS and IFC in Case of Trigeminal Neuralgia, TENS was found to be better option over IFC.



TENS; IFC; Trigeminal Neuralgia

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