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To induce heating of deep tissues, an original apparatus, which delivers low power RF, was built. The therapeutic effects were investigated in a group of patients suffering from painful OA of one knee. In this randomized study, the results obtained by RF were compared with the results obtained by transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), which is a well known and largely used technique for local analgesic therapy (8-11). The effectiveness of TENS in knee OA has also been demonstrated (12). The study was approved by the Ethical Committee of the University Hospital of Florence. The study group included 40 out-patients, 6 males and 34 females, whose age ranged from 38 to 82 years (mean ± SD: 65.7±10.6 years). The patients were recruited in the Rheumatology Division of the University of Florence. All the patients reported pain in one knee, lasting no more than three months, and disability. In all the patients, the typical pathologic changes of OA were documented by X-ray exINTRODUCTION

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@inproceedings{Zoppi20071212_07_REUMA2_LAV_ORIG_Alcidi18130R, title={1212_07_REUMA2_LAV_ORIG_Alcidi:1813 01 REUMA3 Editoriale}, author={Matteo Zoppi}, year={2007} }