Stress, chronic illness,
These are all factors that can lead to acute or chronic pain such as muscle pain, joint pain or low back pain.
For instance, the lifetime prevalence of common low back pain is estimated at 60% to 70% in industrialized countries . According to a report issued by the French National Healthcare System Assurance Maladie, more than 80% of French people have suffered or will suffer from back pain at least once in their lifetime.
To address this public health issue, the URGO Foundation is working with healthcare professionals to promote awareness campaigns and training sessions on treating acute and chronic pain using transcutaneous electrotherapy.
a non-pharmacological alternative for pain relief
As an alternative to drug treatments, electrotherapy or “Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation” (TENS) is the use of gentle electrical currents to relieve pain. In clinical practice, the current is delivered through electrodes that are placed on the surface of the skin near the affected area.
Once reserved for healthcare professionals, this proven pain-reducing solution is now available in small, mobile versions, making it possible to use it at home for greater patient comfort.
 Johnson MI, Paley CA, Howe TE, Sluka KA : Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for acute pain. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015 : Issue 6 Art. No. : CD006142
The foundation committed to training and raising awareness about using transcutaneous electrotherapy for pain management
The Foundation supports training and education on pain relief through transcutaneous electrotherapy, in association with healthcare professionals:
- Conferences and symposia for the general public and healthcare professionals
- Hosting of webinars for pharmacists
Interview with Professor Serrié, Head of the Pain Service at Lariboisière Hospital.