New York State Medical Treatment Guidelines for

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

in workers compensation patients

The New York State workers compensation board has developed these guidelines to help physicians, podiatrists, and other healthcare professionals provide appropriate treatment for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS. These Workers Compensation Board guidelines are intended to assist healthcare professionals in making decisions regarding the appropriate level of care for their patients with ankle and foot disorders.

The guidelines are not a substitute for clinical judgement or professional experience. The ultimate decision regarding care must be made by the patient in consultation with his or her healthcare provider.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) of Shoulder Injury

A minimum of one training session should be provided for the application and use of TENS. Muscle spasm, atrophy, and the management of comorbid pain in an office setting are indications. Pulse rate, pulse width, and amplitude modulation should be the bare minimum TENS unit specifications.

Prior to the deployment of a home unit, consistent, verifiable functional improvement must be demonstrated and the likelihood of chronicity must be determined. Active physical therapy should be combined with TENS therapy.

  • Immediate effect production time.
  • Frequency: Variable.
  • Maximum Period: 3 sessions.
  • Maximum Time Frame: 3 meetings. Invest in or include a home unit if useful.

What our office can do if you have workers compensation injuries

We have the experience to help you with their workers compensation injuries. We understand what you are going through and will meet your medical needs and follow the guidelines set by the New York State Workers Compensation Board.

We understand the importance of your workers compensation cases. Let us help you navigate through the maze of dealing with the workers compensation insurance company and your employer.

We understand that this is a stressful time for you and your family. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us so we will do everything we can to make it as easy on you as possible.


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