Electrical stimulation was first used in ancient Rome in order to relieve pain by using electric eels. More conveniently, Trans-cutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is now used to treat nerve-related pain conditions and muscle spasms using the same principles of electrical stimulation.
If you are interested in trans-cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and would like additional information on this pain treatment modality, please review the frequently asked questions below. Additionally, if you have questions or concerns do not hesitate to discuss them with your physician.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is a battery powered device that generates electrical stimulation via electrodes placed on the skin near the affected area. The stimulation reduces pain perception and muscle spasms.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is commonly used to treat postoperative pain, osteoarthritis, painful diabetic neuropathy and some acute pain conditions.
Electrodes are placed over the skin in the affected area and electrical frequency, pulse, intensity, and length of treatment are determined by the physician. TENS can also be used at home, your physician will give you instructions on electrode placement, how to correctly input the electrical pulse, frequency and strength, how to determine how long the treatment should be given, and how often the treatment should be used.
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