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What is the difference between electrical stimulation and interferential current?

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Dr. Marshall Bedder
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There are many forms of electrical stim often applied in physical therapy.
One of these types is called interferential current stim which uses intermediate frequency stim as opposed to tens which can cover a very wide range of frequency stimulation. Regardless, recent reviews (cochrane) have failed to show efficacy. Medicare has now stopped paying for tens. This should not be confused with scs.

In brief: Multiple Answers

There are many forms of electrical stim often applied in physical therapy.
One of these types is called interferential current stim which uses intermediate frequency stim as opposed to tens which can cover a very wide range of frequency stimulation. Regardless, recent reviews (cochrane) have failed to show efficacy. Medicare has now stopped paying for tens. This should not be confused with scs.
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