What is TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation?

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Generic name: Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation

See also: Icy Hot Smart Relief Tens Back Pain Therapy STS Dynatron Machine Sympathetic Therapy System

Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is an electronic device that produces electrical signals used to stimulate nerves through unbroken skin.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 150 49
Fibromyalgia 82 36
Complex regional pain syndrome type I 41 8
Complex regional pain syndrome type II 21 9
Failed back syndrome 17 7

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 5
Mild 13
None 104

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

Side effect Patients
Pain 3
Uncomfortable 2
Achiness 1
Anxious mood 1
Burn marks from pads on too long (electrical stimulation) 1
Convulsion 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

Dosage Patients
as needed 22
daily 16
weekly 3
20minutes as needed 2
every other day 2
three times daily 2
1other as needed 1
30minutes as needed 1
90minutes as needed 1
twice daily 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 66
Usually 39
Sometimes 17
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 29
A little hard to take 52
Not at all hard to take 38
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 3
$50-99 3
$25-49 9
< $25 47
Not specified 58
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19 patient evaluations for TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

Mar 8, 2016 (Started Feb 08, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for paroxysmal symptoms of multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

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Feb 21, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sciatic nerve pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in upper back)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Aug 11, 2015 (Started Aug 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Mild (stinging sensation, itching)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I use this for upper back pain. It has been VERY effective. So much so, that I just purchased a second machine for my lower back.

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