TENS for Back Pain Emergency Department

  • End date
    Jan 30, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Stony Brook University
Updated on 10 May 2022
back pain


In this study we will see if application of TENS for a period of 30 minutes in addition to ibuprofen reduces the pain of emergency department patients with back pain compared with ibuprofen and a sham TENS unit.


Adult patients presenting to the emergency department with moderate to severe back pain of relatively short duration without neurological deficits will be eligible for inclusion in the study. After signing informed consent the patients will rate their pain severity and receive a 400 mg dose of ibuprofen and then randomly be assigned to either TENS or sham TENS for 30 minutes. At the end of the study period patients will again be asked to rate their pain severity and indicate whether their pain got better or worse. We will also ask them to try and guess which treatment they received and whether they require any medications for their pain.

Condition Back Pain
Treatment TENS, Sham TENS
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04227067
SponsorStony Brook University
Last Modified on10 May 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Adults age 18 years or greater
Able to consent
Back pain of less than 2 weeks duration
Pain severity of at least 5/10 on a verbal numeric scale from 0 (none) to 10 (worst)

Exclusion Criteria

Pregnant patients
Neurological deficits
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