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TENS for pain management 

TENS for pain management
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TENS for pain management
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10.1093/med/9780199673278.003.0002
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date: 07 April 2020

Pain is a sensory and emotional experience often related to tissue damage. Pain requiring medical attention is common, with pain assessment and management often challenging. TENS is offered within primary, secondary, and tertiary care settings because it has a favourable utility profile compared with pain-relieving medication. Evidence suggests that most individuals who try TENS report meaningful pain relief in the short-term, but this positive response declines over time. The purpose of this chapter is to contextualise the role of TENS in the management of pain by covering what pain is, the challenges faced in its management, the physiology of the nociceptive system, including states of sensitivity, electrophysical techniques for pain and rehabilitation, including invasive electrical stimulation techniques, the extent of use of TENS, and some discussion of the clinical experience of using TENS.

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