[Efficacy, safety and efficiency of transcutaneous nerve stimulation for the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain]

García Estepa R, Márquez Peláez S, Isabel Gómez R, Beltrán Calvo C
Record ID 32013000749
Authors' objectives: Determining the efficacy, safety and efficiency of TENS for the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain.
Authors' recommendations: TENS is not effective for the treatment of chronic low back pain. The studies analyzed do not demonstrate that TENS is more efficient as compared to placebo TENS for any of the variables assessed in patients with chronic low back pain. Thus, pain relief was not achieved, and functional disability did not improve in patients treated with TENS. According to the literature reviewed, TENS is a safe technique. The inefficacy of TENS makes it unnecessary to perform any cost-effectiveness evaluation study.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2013
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Spain
MeSH Terms
  • Pain
  • Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation
  • Chronic Pain
Organisation Name: Andalusian Health Technology Assessment Area
Contact Address: Area de Evaluacion de Tecnologias Sanitarias Sanitarias de Andalucia (AETSA) Avda. Innovación, s/n Edificio Arena 1. Sevilla (Spain) Tel. +34 955 006 309
Contact Name: aetsa.csalud@juntadeandalucia.es
Contact Email: aetsa.csalud@juntadeandalucia.es
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