Effectiveness of Electro-stimulation as a Treatment for Bell's Palsy: An Update Review
|Ramos-Jimenez Arnulfo*, Jose Manuel Garcia-Rivera, Rosa Patricia Hernandez-Torres, Erik Holguin and Rafael Villalobos-Molina|
|Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico|
|Corresponding Author :||Ramos-Jimenez Arnulfo
Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
Tel: 52 656 6115945
E-mail: [email protected]
|Received April 06, 2015; Accepted April 18, 2015; Published April 25, 2015|
|Citation: Arnulfo RJ, Rivera JMG, Torres RPH, Holguin E, Molina RV (2015) Effectiveness of Electro-stimulation as a Treatment for Bell’s Palsy: An Update Review. J Nov Physiother 5:260. doi: 10.4172/2165-7025.1000260|
|Copyright: © 2015 Arnulfo RJ, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
Objective: To search for evidence that supports electro-stimulation as a treatment for Bell’s palsy.
Methods: An update (2000-2014) review of randomized and controlled clinical trials (inclusion criteria) was done in the following databases: Cochrane, Ebsco, Elsevier, Google Scholar, Imbiomed, Medigraphic, PEDro and PubMed, with these keywords alone and combined: electro-stimulation, Bell’s palsy, physiotherapy, facial paralysis, parálisis facial and electro estimulación.
Results: 3512 reports of electro-stimulation alone or combined with other therapies in humans were included, however only five met all inclusion criteria. Electro-stimulation alone or combined with other therapies gives no major benefits than conventional treatments for Bell’s paralysis.
Conclusion: There is insufficient evidence to support electro-stimulation as an effective method to treat Bell’s palsy.