A Healthesystems publication

Fall 2015

Thinking Beyond Pain Management with TENS Technology

This well-established technology was developed to suppress pain. But therapy with transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) may also help reduce prescription medication overuse and facilitate physiotherapy.

 Devices that utilize TENS technology have long been used to provide pain relief as an adjunct to other components of an injured worker’s treatment plan, both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic. However, although TENS is a form of passive therapy, its benefits may go beyond temporary pain management to impact other aspects of a patient’s treatment course. When used properly, TENS may reduce the risk of opioid misuse or slow the rate of opioid dose escalation. It can also help facilitate active treatment modalities such as exercise or physical therapy programs.

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