50 Years of Pain Management

Although electricity has been used for decades, it was the introduction of spinal cord stimulation and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation in the 1960s that initiated the modern widespread use (1-2). Cranial electrical stimulation was introduced in 1976, and since then, electrotherapy has been advanced to help heal fractures, wounds, assist bladder control, control opioid addiction, treat fibromyalgia and virtually all pain, cure tinnitus, advance acupuncture, treat hypertension, and improve memory (3-4). Electroshock therapy has unfortunately continued despite its risks and long-term damage, while electrotherapy is not considered acceptable. Even worse is frontal lobotomy for anything, including psychiatric illness or pain!

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