How does ultrasound and TENS work to ease pain?

Your physical therapist may use alternative therapies such as ultrasound, TENS, and PENs to help ease pain. Ultrasound uses sound waves to help soothe painful muscles and tendons. It can be used to treat acute injuries to soft tissues or to treat soft tissue pain that has become chronic. It is safe when used by an experienced person and if you find relief can be continued. Your physical therapist can decide if ultrasound may be helpful for your situation.

Percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS) is a technique that uses acupuncture-like needle probes positioned in the soft tissues and/or muscles to stimulate peripheral sensory nerves at appropriate levels. Some believe that PENS may be more effective than TENS or exercise therapy in patients with persistent pain.

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