What is the efficacy of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA)?

Updated: Jun 10, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) may be another treatment option for pain relief. To date, however, there is only limited evidence that TENS is beneficial in this setting. A systematic review could not confirm that TENS is effective for pain relief in knee osteoarthritis. [133] A randomized controlled trial found that TENS applied in conjunction with therapeutic exercise and daily activities increased quadriceps activation and function in patients with tibiofemoral osteoarthritis. [134]


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