Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

As part of our treatment modalities, MedCenter TMJ is pleased to incorporate Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS). This technology involves the use of controlled low voltage electrical impulses transmitted through the skin for relief of pain. TENS can reduce pain by inhibiting nociceptive receptors at the presynaptic dorsal horn of the spinal cord. Electrical stimulation through the skin preferentially activates low threshold myelinated nerve fibers, blocking transmission of pain signals from the unmyelinated fibers.

Indications for TENS therapy include:

  • Neurogenic pain
    • Deafferentation pain
    • Phantom pain
    • Sympathetically mediated pain
    • Post herpetic neuralgia
    • Trigeminal neuralgia
    • Atypical facial pain
  • Musculoskeletal pain
    • Arthralgia resulting from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis
    • Chronic myofascial pain

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