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TENS - Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS, is a therapeutic device used for pain relief. A TENS unit uses electric current passed through the skin via electrodes and can be used for chronic or acute pain. TENS units are often extremely helpful in neuropathic pain and alleviating muscle spasms.

TENS should NOT be used:
- On the head or neck
- With a pacemaker
- Over a tumor

TENS units are often portable and many insurance companies will cover (pay for) some portion of their cost as DME (Durable Medical Equipment). However, most insurance companies require pre-authorization before a TENS purchase.

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