Interferential current provides pain relief to the upper leg and by decreasing sensitivity allows patients to take a more beneficial Patterned Muscle Stimulation treatment.
Patterned Muscle Stimulation is unique and differs from traditional muscle stimulation that simply contracts and relaxes muscles. Patterned Muscle Stimulation re-educates muscle and prevents disuse atrophy by mimicking the natural gait movement of the leg during high level activity, such as running. This provides for greater stability, reduces pain and improves knee function in a non-traumatic, non-weight bearing treatment option.
The TENS (TESA) modality is delivered directly through the knee joint1 and is specifically indicated by the FDA for reducing the level of pain associated with OA of the knee. A published clinical study conducted specifically on the use of Interferential Current and Patterned Muscle Stimulation used in the RS-OA Knee System showed decreased pain, increased function and a reduction in stiffness for patients with osteoarthritis of the knee in as little as four weeks2.
The RS-OA Knee System is reimbursed by Medicare, Workers Compensation and some Private Insurance companies for patients who have disuse atrophy of their leg muscles.
1TESA is Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation for Arthritis
2Burch, et al., Evaluating the benefits of patterned stimulation in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2008), Vol. 16, (8) pages 865-872.