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Cochrane Database Syst Rev


Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for chronic neck pain.


Martimbianco A LC, Porfírio G J, Pacheco RL, Torloni M R, Riera R
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2019 12 12; 12:CD011927.
PMID: 31830313.


Chronic neck pain is a highly prevalent condition, affecting 10% to 24% of the general population. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is the noninvasive, transcutaneous use of electrical stimulation to produce analgesia. It is a simple, low-cost and safe intervention used in clinical practice as an adjunct treatment for painful musculoskeletal conditions that have a considerable impact on daily activities, such as chronic neck pain. This review is a split from a Cochrane Review on electrotherapy for neck pain, published in 2013, and focuses specifically on TENS for chronic neck pain.