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Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator (TENS) for Pain Management

Recently cleared by the FDA, a new device available over the counter may help those suffering from chronic pain…. 

A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) helps relieve chronic pain in legs and feet especially for those with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Like the SENSUS Pain Management System that required a prescription, this new device is strapped around the leg just below the knees so that the electrical stimulation can come into contact with the nerves running through the legs into the feet. This device has a 60 minute run cycle, which stops at the end of each session. For those who needs continual pain relief, the device can also be used in the continuous mode in which the device kicks in every other hour. This allows a full hour in between sessions to give the legs a rest from stimulation. Two devices can be used at the same time for each leg and also can be worn during sleep.

There are multiple benefits and advantages of using this device. It’s a fast-acting, on-demand chronic pain relief that avoids potential side effects and the use of addictive additives and narcotics. It is convenient and easy to use for the patients with the press of just one button to activate the device. The high stimulation voltage helps overcome the pain caused by nerve degeneration. The placement of the new device around the knees does not really impede on daily activity so patients can stay mobile during the day and possibly improve sleep quality at night.

Practice Pearls:
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) helps relieve chronic pain in legs and feet especially for those with diabetic peripheral neuropathy with the press of just one button.
  • This device has a 60 minute run cycle, which stops at the end of each session. For those who needs continual pain relief, the device can also be used in the continuous mode in which the device kicks in every other hour.
  • It’s a fast-acting, on-demand chronic pain relief that avoids potential side effects and the use of addictive additives and narcotics.

NeuroMetrix Pain Management Technology Cleared for OTC Use by FDA. MedGadget. 2014, July 16.