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Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) can help to ease pain, although research evidence on its effectiveness is mixed. A TENS machine is a small electronic device that sends pulses to your nerve endings via pads placed on your skin. It produces a tingling sensation and is thought to alter pain messages sent to your brain.

TENS machines are available from pharmacies and other major stores, but your physiotherapist may be able to loan you one to try before you decide whether to buy one.

A TENS machine

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