Transcutaneous Electrical Neuro Stimulation (TENS)

Procedural Overview

Transcutaneous Electrical Neuro Stimulation (TENS) is a non-interventional pain therapy treatment that uses electrical signals to reduce the pain. Unlike invasive treatments that insert injections or electrodes inside your body, the TENS procedure has electrodes that are kept at the surface of the skin, and a small device is used to administer low-voltage electrical current to the affected nerves. This is an extremely simple therapy that is found to be effective for pain relief. The area of the pain is identified first and the electrodes are placed over it for the application of the electric signal.

 

Medical experts have two theories regarding how this method relaxes the pain. According to one theory, the application of electrical pulses blocks the pain transmission by the injured nerve, or the pain signal itself is scrambled, changing the perception of the pain by the body. The other theory is that due to the administration of these electrical signals, the body starts producing natural pain killers called endorphins which in-turn reduce the pain.

 

There are various conditions and chronic ailments that are treated with the use of TENS therapy like osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, bursitis, diabetic neuropathy, lower back pain, neck pain, and other ailments.

 

How does it work?

At Dunes Pain Specialists, our physicians and physiotherapy staff are experts in identifying the precise nerve to administer this procedure. They will also guide patients so that they can perform the procedure by themselves. Usually, this procedure is extremely simple, causing a mild tingling sensation without any side-effects.
The electrodes are placed on your skin using a gel. The therapist, after examining the patient, sets the number of electrical pulses that the device will generate. The intensity of these pulses is adjustable through the battery-powered device.

How does it work?

  • If after placing the electrodes you don’t feel the electric current, then the power source might be improper/discharged, or the wires might be loose.

  • If you feel any burning sensation, then the gel might not have been applied properly or the intensity of the electrical current may be too high.

Contact Dunes Pain Specialists to find out if you qualify for TENS therapy.