Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is a form of electrotherapy used to treat acute pain and inflammation. The TENS unit uses small electrodes placed directly on the skin to deliver a low level electrical current to the patient. This current disrupts the normal sensory pathways for pain perception, thereby relieving pain sensation. The pulse rate, width, and intensity can be varied to treat each patient’s specific condition. At Up & Running Canine Rehabilitation, TENS is most often used in the immediate post-operative period to increase patient comfort through therapy and recovery. It can also help decrease muscle spasms, improve joint range of motion, and re-educate atrophied muscles. Recent veterinary rehabilitation studies indicate that when combined with weight management and therapeutic exercise programs, TENS treatments are also effective in improving chronically painful conditions such as osteoarthritis. Your pet’s CCRP will discuss this therapy with you to determine if TENS treatment is appropriate for your pet.