Exploring the evidence for using TENS to relieve pain

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Abstract

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> How TENS works to relieve pain

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> What the research evidence says about TENS

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> Limitations in the current evidence base

Author

Ailsa Wright is clinical nurse specialist, Pain Management Services, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust, Birmingham.

Wright A (2012) Exploring the evidence for using TENS to relieve pain. Nursing Times; 108: 11, 20-23.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) has several advantages as it is a non-addictive, non-invasive means of analgesia that is simple to use, portable and can give continuous analgesia for a variety of conditions.

This article outlines how it works and examines the evidence on its efficacy and possible uses in clinical practice.

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