New AAN Guideline Examines Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation

December 30, 2009

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An evidence-based guideline published online on December 30, 2009, and in print in the January 12, 2010, issue of the American Academy of Neurology's journal Neurology® states that transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) is not recommended for the treatment of chronic low-back pain due to lack of proven efficacy. However, there is good evidence that TENS should be considered for the treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy. Many treatment options are commonly used for diabetic neuropathy, but there are presently no comparative studies of TENS to other treatment options.

Refer to the full guideline for more information.

Read a Q&A with Richard M. Dubinsky, MD, MPH, one of the authors of the guideline.