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TENS Units or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation units are often used by physical therapists. Sometimes they are called TENS machines. Regardless of what the nerve stimulators are named, they work the same way. Electrodes are placed on the skin and an electrical current is used to stimulate the nerves within a certain section of your body.
Physical Therapists often incorporate nerve stimulation with TENS Units into their treatment programs for patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee. TENS units have been proven in scientific research to be an effective treatment option for knee pain.
This is a continuation of our series on the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis published in the Journal of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.
TENS Units (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation Units) can be effective for short-term pain relief in patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis.
8 out of 10 existing guidelines for the management of knee OA recommend TENS Units for pain relief. The OARSi research team found that short-term (2-4 weeks) treatments are effective. These results were confirmed by a systematic review of seven randomized controlled trials.
The research team gave this osteoarthritis treatment option a Strength of Recommendation score of 58%.W. Zhang Ph.D., Moskowitz M.D., et al. OARSI recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis, Part II: OARSI evidence-based, expert consensus guidelines. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. (2008) 16, 137-162.