Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation: current status of evidence

Written by Johnson MI, Jones G

In the UK, NICE is in the processes of updating its guidance on the early management of nonspecific low back pain and sciatica. The draft recommendations were released for public consultation on 24 March 2016 and concluded that all forms of exercise including stretching, strengthening, aerobic or yoga should be used in the first instance in conjunction with encouraging people to continue normal activities of daily living [1]. Physical and psychological therapies were also recommended for people who did not improve with previous treatments. The draft guidance states “Do not offer TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) for managing nonspecific low...

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