What are the advantages or benefits of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy?

TENS is a non-invasive method of pain relief. It can be used alone or in addition to prescriptions or over-the-counter pain-relieving medications. The amount of medication may be able to be reduced in some patients who use TENS therapy. Do not stop taking or make any adjustments in your dose of medications without discussing it with your doctor first.

Another benefit of the TENS unit is that it is small and portable and therefore can be used at home or away, anytime pain relief is needed.

What are the risks and side effects of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy?

TENS therapy has few reported side effects. In rare cases, patients have reported burns at the sites where the electrodes are placed. Some patients may be allergic to the adhesive used to affix the pad to the skin or the materials in the pad itself (the skin may appear red, irritated, or a rash may break out). Some people may be sensitive to or feel uncomfortable with the prickling/tingling sensation generated by the TENS unit.

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