Electrical Stimulation For Low Back Pain

Therapist Placing Electrodes On Woman's Back

Overview

TENS and Interferential Electrical Stimulation units are a good alternative for those who cannot or choose not to use anti-inflammatory drugs. They are considered generally safe and are readily available for at-home use.

RESCU Treatment Ratings

R = Risk      E = Effectiveness      S = Self-Care

C = Cost     U = Usefulness (overall rating)

1 = Least Favorable     5 = Most Favorable

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RISK: 5/5

Although TENS or Interferential Therapy treatments are considered generally safe, they should not be used for the following:

  • DVT or thrombophlebitis
  • Hemorrhagic conditions
  • Pregnancy
  • Eyes, anterior neck, carotid sinus, head, reproductive organs
  • Impaired cognition or communication
  • Regenerating nerves
  • Cardiac failure (local)
  • Damaged or at-risk skin (local)
  • Infection or tuberculosis (local)
  • Malignancy (local)
  • Recently radiated tissue (local)
  • Electronic device (local)
  • Impaired sensation (local)

Other risks of both therapies include skin reactions or sensitivity, especially to the electrodes used. If the current is turned up too high, it can be painful.

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Products for Treatment

Tens Unit

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