Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve
Stimulation (TENS) Unit

A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit is a battery-operated device that some people use to reduce inflammation and achieve pain relief. TENS units work by delivering small electrical impulses through electrodes that have adhesive pads to attach them to a person's skin.

Read about TENS Machines & Electrodes

Ask our staff about TENS Machines & Electrodes devices, and how you can purchase a unit that you can use at home.

A TENS unit can help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation, and when properly used, is generally safe. If you think you would like to try TENS for back pain, speak to with Dr. O’Brien and your primary care physician before using it. The technique works differently for different people, and it's not recommended for everyone. Your doctor may advise against using TENS for various reasons, including if you have a pacemaker or you are in the first weeks of a pregnancy.

Before starting TENS, have your primary care provider or physical therapist show you how to use the TENS machine. Be sure to follow directions carefully and take the necessary precautions to ensure that the TENS unit is helping you.