Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif.

Here at Scripps, we're about to start a study on the use of the TENS unit. The TENS unit means Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator. It's the size of a large pager, and works by electrical stimulation that theoretically stimulates the release of your own endorphins, and stimulates large nerve fibers that compete with the pain-carrying fibers. In a way, it's the exact opposite of opiates, or interventional procedures. It carries a minimal risk, other than skin irritation. TENS has been around for about fifty years, but this will be the first multi-center, double-blind, crossover study done throughout the United States.

We're also doing some off-label techniques, one of which is the use of botox, which we've had great success with, in particular for muscle spasm in the neck, upper back, and lower back for patients who have this type of problem, plus patients that are post-cervical, lung, or spine surgeries. We've had great success with that.

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4040759. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4040759. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4040759. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4040759.
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: Sabrina Allen is shown in this photo provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
PHOTO: Adam Sandler arrives at the premiere of Men, Women & Children at The Directors Guild of America, Sept. 30, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Photo
Lovable Panda Triplets Get Named
ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images
PHOTO: Video recorded Sept. 21, 2014 in Okanogan County, Wash. shows a black bear scratching its back against a tree.
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife