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How might transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and ultrasound help you manage pain?

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Although there are no products that take pain away completely, there are some that you and your doctor could consider.

TENS uses a device to send an electric current to the skin over the area where you have pain. Ultrasound sends sound waves to the places you have pain. Both may offer relief by blocking the pain messages sent to your brain.

SOURCES:

Nurse.com: "Pain Management Basics."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Pain Management."

Healthinaging.org: "Pain Management: Basic Facts & Information."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: “Patient Information: Spinal Cord Stimulation.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Chronic Pain,” “Spinal Manipulation.”

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet,” “Pain: Hope Through Research.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 15, 2017

SOURCES:

Nurse.com: "Pain Management Basics."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Pain Management."

Healthinaging.org: "Pain Management: Basic Facts & Information."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: “Patient Information: Spinal Cord Stimulation.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Chronic Pain,” “Spinal Manipulation.”

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet,” “Pain: Hope Through Research.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 15, 2017

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