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Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulationfor treatment of spinal cord injury neuropathic pain

Cecilia Norrbrink, RPT, PhD

Figure. Study design. HF = high-frequency, LF = low-frequency, TENS =transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation

Neuropathic pain, i.e., pain due to nerve injury, following a spinal cord injury (SCI) is often difficult to relieve. Neuropathic pain is mainly treated with drugs such as antidepressants or anticonvulsants, but for some people these drugs render unwanted side effects. In this study, treatment with transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for SCI neuropathic pain was assessed. Out of 24 patients, 6 chose to continue treatment with TENS after the study was completed and few side effects were reported. In conclusion, TENS can be beneficial for some persons with SCI and neuropathic pain and is worth trying as a complementary treatment.


Volume 46 Number 1, 2009
   Pages 85 — 94


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