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J R Soc Med. 1992 May; 85(5): 267–268.
PMCID: PMC1294602

Long term use of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation at Newcastle Pain Relief Clinic.


This retrospective study of long-term use of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) at Newcastle Pain Relief Clinic indicates that TENS has been a successful analgesic treatment for 58.6% of 1582 patients attending the clinic over a period of 10 years. A wide range of pain conditions were found to respond to TENS and many patients continued to use the treatment for several years. Most patients not responding to TENS (during a home trial) returned stimulators at the first follow-up appointment. Thus TENS should be considered as a simple, safe and reusable first line treatment for many pain conditions.

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