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How is inflammatory back pain treated with nerve stimulation?

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Radiofrequency ablation electrically stimulates specific nerves to make them less sensitive to pain. It can also zap the nerve to destroy it and prevent further pain.

TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, may help block pain signals or trigger your body to make endorphins. A small battery-powered device sends a signal through electrodes taped to your skin to give you a tingling feeling.

These treatments are intended for long-standing back pain and nerve damage.

SOURCES:

Oh, W.; Shim J. January/February 2004. The Clinical Journal of Pain

Friedman, F. , Lyons Press, 2004. Outwitting Back Pain: Why Your Lower Back Hurts and How to Make It Stop

News release, FDA.

American College of Physicians.

UpToDate.

American Academy of Neurology.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 13, 2017

SOURCES:

Oh, W.; Shim J. January/February 2004. The Clinical Journal of Pain

Friedman, F. , Lyons Press, 2004. Outwitting Back Pain: Why Your Lower Back Hurts and How to Make It Stop

News release, FDA.

American College of Physicians.

UpToDate.

American Academy of Neurology.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 13, 2017

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