Electric Stimulation Therapy




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Electric Stimulation Therapy    Electric Stimulation Therapy

The first recorded application of the use of electricity to treat human aliments was in ancient Rome. Anthero, a freed slave, was walking in the surf when he stepped on an electrically charged torpedo fish, shocked himself and was allegedly cured of gout (1). Electric stimulation therapy is the use of electrical currents in the treatment of disease and injury. This category includes a variety of electrical currents to include high voltage galvanic, interferential, Russian stimulation, transcutaneous nerve stimulation and micro-current, etc.

(1) Cambridge NA. Electrical apparatus used in medicine before 1900. Proc R Soc Med 1977 Sep;70(9):635-41.

Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) Information

MeSH Term: Electric Stimulation Therapy

Scope Note: Application of electric current in treatment without the generation of perceptible heat. It includes electric stimulation of nerves or muscles, passage of current into the body, or use of interrupted current of low intensity to raise the detection threshold of the skin to pain.

MeSH Synonyms:
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy
  • Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation
  • Electrical Stimulation, Therapeutic
  • Stimulation, Therapeutic Electrical
  • Therapeutic Electric Stimulation
  • Electric Stimulation, Therapeutic
  • Stimulation, Therapeutic Electric
  • Electrical Stimulation Therapy
  • Stimulation Therapy, Electrical
  • Therapy, Electrical Stimulation
  • Therapy, Electric Stimulation
  • Stimulation Therapy, Electric
  • Electrotherapy
  • Interferential Current Electrotherapy
  • Electrotherapy, Interferential Current
Applicable MeSH Subheadings:
  • adverse effects
  • classification
  • complications
  • economics
  • education
  • epidemiology
  • ethics
  • etiology
  • history
  • instrumentation
  • manpower
  • methods
  • mortality
  • nursing
  • organization and administration
  • pharmacology
  • psychology
  • rehabilitation
  • standards
  • statistics and numerical data
  • supply and distribution
  • therapeutic use
  • therapy
  • trends
  • utilization
  • veterinary
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