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Low-intensity microcurrent therapy promotes regeneration of atrophied calf muscles in immobilized rabbits

  • Received Date: 2018-06-14
    Accepted Date: 2018-06-25

    Fund Project: This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) and funded by the Ministry of Education (NRF-2016R1D1A1B01014260)

  • The purpose of this study was to investigate the intensity specific regenerative effects of microcurrent therapy on gastrocnemius muscle atrophy induced by cast-immobilization in rabbits. Fifteen rabbits were randomly allocated to 3 groups after cast removal: cast-immobilization and sham microcurrent therapy for 2 weeks (group 1); castimmobilization and microcurrent therapy (25 mA) for 2 weeks (group 2); cast immobilization and microcurrent therapy (5,000 mA) for 2 weeks (group 3). Clinical parameters [calf circumference, compound muscle action potential (CMAP) of the tibial nerve, thickness of gastrocnemius muscle], cross sectional area of gastrocnemius muscle fibres, and immunohistochemistry was evaluated. The clinical parameters representing mean atrophic changes in group 2 were significantly lower than those in group 3. The cross sectional area of the gastrocnemius muscle fibres and immunohistochemical parameters in group 2 were significantly greater than those in group 3. The results showed that low-intensity microcurrent therapy can more effectively promote regeneration in atrophied gastrocnemius muscle than high-intensity microcurrent therapy
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Low-intensity microcurrent therapy promotes regeneration of atrophied calf muscles in immobilized rabbits

  • 1 Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Muscle Research Center, Catholic University of Daegu School of Medicine, Daegu 42472, Republic of Korea;
  • 2 Department of Anatomy, Catholic University of Daegu School of Medicine, Daegu 42472, Republic of Korea
Fund Project:  This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) and funded by the Ministry of Education (NRF-2016R1D1A1B01014260)

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the intensity specific regenerative effects of microcurrent therapy on gastrocnemius muscle atrophy induced by cast-immobilization in rabbits. Fifteen rabbits were randomly allocated to 3 groups after cast removal: cast-immobilization and sham microcurrent therapy for 2 weeks (group 1); castimmobilization and microcurrent therapy (25 mA) for 2 weeks (group 2); cast immobilization and microcurrent therapy (5,000 mA) for 2 weeks (group 3). Clinical parameters [calf circumference, compound muscle action potential (CMAP) of the tibial nerve, thickness of gastrocnemius muscle], cross sectional area of gastrocnemius muscle fibres, and immunohistochemistry was evaluated. The clinical parameters representing mean atrophic changes in group 2 were significantly lower than those in group 3. The cross sectional area of the gastrocnemius muscle fibres and immunohistochemical parameters in group 2 were significantly greater than those in group 3. The results showed that low-intensity microcurrent therapy can more effectively promote regeneration in atrophied gastrocnemius muscle than high-intensity microcurrent therapy

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