A new guideline issued by the American Academy of Neurology finds that transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) is not recommended to treat chronic low-back pain (LBP).
Researchers reviewed data on the use of TENS for LBP lasting more than three months. The analysis did not include studies on acute back pain.
“The strongest evidence showed that there is no benefit for people using TENS for chronic low-back pain,” said guideline author Richard M. Dubinsky, MD, MPH. “Doctors should use clinical judgment regarding TENS use for chronic low-back pain. People who are currently using TENS for their low-back pain should discuss these findings with their doctors.”
On the other hand, Dr. Dubinsky notes that evidence indicates that TENS may be effective in treating diabetic neuropathy.
Neurology – December 30, 2010;Epub. www.neurology.org