University of Florida researchers have found that with the correct dosage, electrical stimulation treatment can help ease back pain in older adults.
Neurobiological changes that happen with aging make it more difficult for older people to inhibit pain and experience relief. Electrical stimulation therapy could offer older adults with chronic pain an effective alternative to other treatments, including prescription painkillers, the UF researchers say.
The study is the first to compare response to transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation therapy, or TENS, across age groups. Results appear online ahead of print in The Journal of Pain.