Efficacy ofTranscutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation in the Treatment of Pain in Neurologic Disorders

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Publication Month/Year

December 30, 2009

Last Updated Month/Year

May 11, 2023

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Document Objectives

To determine if transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) is efficacious in the treatment of pain in neurologic disorders.

Inclusion Criteria

Female, Male, Adult, Older adult

Health Care Settings

Ambulatory, Outpatient

Intended Users

Physical therapist, occupational therapist, nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant


Management, Treatment

Diseases/Conditions (MeSH)

D059350 - Chronic Pain, D009461 - Neurologic Manifestations


pain, neurologic conditions, chronic low back pain, TENS, transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation

Source Citation

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. Richard M. Dubinsky, Janis Miyasaki. Neurology Jan 2010, 74 (2) 173-176; DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3181c918fc

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