Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, or TENS, is a treatment option for people looking for relief from various types of chronic or acute pain, including:
Using a generator and two electrodes that are placed strategically over or near the patient’s painful area, an electric current travels into the nervous system. The current simulates an increase in endorphins, the body’s natural pain fighters, blocking the path that pain signals travel to the brain. When pain signals don’t reach the brain, the patient doesn’t experience pain in the targeted area.
Patients learn how to operate the devices used for the TENS treatment option during an in-office visit. Once they fully understand its implementation, they are supplied a device to conveniently use at home. TENS lets the patient adjust treatments to fit their needs through altering the electrical current’s strength, duration and frequency. TENS provides rapid relief, usually within the first 30 minutes of application. Patients may experience skin irritation from the electrodes.
Patients looking for relief from chronic or acute pain should schedule an appointment with a Preferred Pain Management provider. After reviewing pain and medical history a recommendation can be made with regard to what treatment plan would work best.