TENS – Not Effective For Chronic Low Back Pain According To Latest Guidelines
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) recently published evidence-based guidelines on the use of Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is not recommended for the treatment of chronic low-back pain due to lack of proven efficacy. This supports our views at Core Concepts as a large number of chronic back pain cases is mechanical in nature.
“The strongest evidence showed that there is no benefit for people using TENS for chronic low-back pain,” said guideline author Richard M. Dubinsky, MD, MPH, of Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. “Doctors should use clinical judgment regarding TENS use for chronic low-back pain. People who are currently using TENS for their low-back pain should discuss these findings with their doctors.”
TENS can, however, be effective in treating diabetic nerve pain.
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- Assessment: Efficacy of transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation in the treatment of pain in neurologic disorders (an evidence-based review). Report of the Therapeutics and Technology Assessment Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology
- American Academy of Neurology (2009, December 31). Widely used device for pain therapy not recommended for chronic low back pain. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 1, 2010, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2009/12/091230174120.htm