Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a form of electrotherapy that sends small electrical currents to targeted body parts. TENS decreases acute pain and inflammation using small electrodes placed directly on the skin and provides a low electrical current. This disrupts the normal pain perception pathways relieving the sensation of pain.
The pulse rate, intensity and width of treatments can be varied for individualized treatment plans for each patient. TENS also assists in decreasing muscle spasms, re-educating atrophied muscles and improving joint range of motion. Chronically painful conditions like osteoarthritis may also be treated with TENS when the treatment is combined with weight management and proper exercise.