Tens for Chronic Low Back Pain

John O. Barr, Arthur Winter, David E. Conwill, Billy H. Cook, Alan Merry, Greg A. Todd, Richard A. Deyo

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To the Editor: Well-controlled studies of various physical-therapy treatments are essential to establish their clinical effectiveness. Deyo and colleagues (June 7 issue)1 have prudently focused their examination on transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), a treatment for which allowed Medicare charges in 1987 were more than $40 million.2 After concluding that active TENS was no better than a placebo, the authors suggested possible reasons for these negative results and then systematically ruled them out. It would seem appropriate, however, to examine additional factors that may have contributed significantly to the observed results. Details of the protocols used suggest that optimal TENS…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1423-1425
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number20
StatePublished - Nov 15 1990

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