Transcutaneous Electrostimulation for Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Authors: Ruth Rojahn
Abstract: Osteoarthritis is common among the elderly, and is a leading cause of pain and disability. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, (TENS), is widely used as a treatment for both acute and chronic pain arising from this condition however the efficacy of this treatment has not been substantiated by current evidence. This systematic review compared the effects and safety of TENS to sham or no specific intervention. The review suggests it is safe to use but there is little significant evidence that it is more effective at relieving pain or improving function than other conservative treatments.