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TENS Seen to Ease Spasticity in MS Patients in Low Cost and Accessible Way

August 8, 2016

TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is speculated as an option to treat spasticity which is a more common symptom of multiple sclerosis. It is a therapy that delivers low-voltage electrical current to the body, which ultimately aims to relieve pain. This type of stimulation has great variability, making it difficult to assess and compare results obtained in these different studies. On the plus side, the option is easy to use, of low cost and has a low risk of adverse side effects.

In order to objectively determine if TENS is effective in MS, it might be required that direct experimental studies with the appropriate controls are conducted.

96 studies were found that addressed the effects of TENS on spasticity, but only 10 were able to be analyzed because the remaining 86 did not meet criteria set by the research team. The 10 approved articles included data from 207 patients who had a cerebrovascular accident, 84 of whom had MS and 39 with spinal cord lesions. TENS was shown to possibly have been effective in reducing spasticity in all of these cases.