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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Would the TENS Machine Help Relieve RA Pain?



The RA in my eblow causes my elbow to lock. It locked once and caused a nerve entrapment. I went to physical therapy and as one of the treatment they used a TENS Machine and put ice on top of that. That helped a lot with the pain and my arm felt ok for a few hours. I was wondering if the TENS machine would work on my RA in other joints or did it only work on nerve pain?


While the TENS unit may work best for nerve related pain, it may work for other pains as well. Certainly, it will not harm.

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Salim M Hayek, MD, PhD Salim M Hayek, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University