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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Would TENS Machine Help Relieve RA Pain?

12/17/2007

Question:

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and some of my medications have stoped working and there is not much left that I have not tried. I was wondering what your thoughts on a TENS Machine for RA? Would it help?

Answer:

A TENS unit would not assist with slowing or halting disease progression in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A TENS unit does decrease pain in some people who experience chronic pain, typically muscular in nature. However, electrical stimulation devices have been used in nonmuscular pain. An implantable spinal cord stimulator is one such example.

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Response by:

Raymond  Hong, MD, MBA, FACR Raymond Hong, MD, MBA, FACR
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University