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knee osteoarthritis . Is electrical nerve stimulation(tens) an effective therapy for providing pain relief?
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Hello!

This is not a treatment of choice for osteoarthritis.

Transcutaneous electrostimulation,  TENS, is a kind of pain relief typically using electrical currents applied to the skin. Transcutaneous electrostimulation machines are typically small, battery operated machines with two electrodes attached.  Electrodes are wires that send the electrical current.  Usually, you connect two electrodes from the machine to your skin on the painful area. Your doctor or physiotherapist will show you how to use it, and most machines can be used at home.

Take care!
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Thank you very much for the prompt reply.

I am student: Bachelors in Nursing currently an RN practicing in FL.. we have a research project... get the opinions and evidence based practices from other health care professionals.
I am doing a research on TENS and osteoarthritis.... came across....

Pain relief from active TENS and AL-TENS treatment was significantly better than placebo treatment. Knee stiffness also improved significantly in active treatment group compared to placebo. Different modes of TENS setting (High Rate and Strong Burst Mode TENS) demonstrated a significant benefit in pain relief of the knee OA over placebo.

Source:
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for knee osteoarthritis. Cochrane Database Systematic Review. 2000;(4):CD002823. Osiri M, Welch V, Brosseau L, Shea B, McGowan J. Tugwell P, Wells G.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11034768
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