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What is percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS)?

Percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS) therapy uses acupuncture-like needle probes in the soft tissues to stimulate peripheral sensory nerves. PENS may be preferred over TENS in that it delivers the electrical stimulus in closer proximity to the nerve endings located in the soft tissue. This form of analgesic therapy may be useful for those with migraine headache and chronic lower back pain.

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Pain Treatment

Pain Treatment

Pain treatment varies depending on the severity of an injury or cause of the pain. Analgesics, or pain relievers, may be your first step. Over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen and aspirin can treat mild to moderate pain. Str...

onger pain medication may be prescribed after surgery or more severe injuries. For chronic pain that persists, your doctor can help determine the best course of treatment or give you a referral for a pain specialist. Learn more about treating pain with expert advice from Sharecare.
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