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What is transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy?

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TENS therapy is the most common form of electrical stimulation that's used for pain management. It can bring short-term pain relief.

A small, battery-operated device delivers low-voltage electrical current through the skin via electrodes that are placed near the source of pain. The electricity from the electrodes stimulates nerves in the affected area and sends signals to the brain that "scramble" normal pain perception.

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 

International Spine Intervention Society.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 13, 2018

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 

International Spine Intervention Society.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 13, 2018

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