TENS / Microcurrent Units


Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) involves the use of a pocket-sized, portable device to send mild electrical signals to the painful area through electrodes, which are attached to sticky pads that are applied to a patient’s body. TENS can be used to lessen pain after surgery or they can be used to treat chronic pain symptoms in patients with arthritis, back pain, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, and nerve disorders. A TENS device can be used for a few hours a day or for the entire day, depending on the type of injury and the location of the patient’s pain. The patient will experience a slight tingling sensation around the sticky pads during the treatment; and, the skin where the pads were placed will be slightly red or tender after the treatment. The application of lotion and continuous relocation of the pads for each new treatment will prevent  a specific area  becoming irritated due to repetitive use.

TENS units should not be used by patients who use a heart pacemaker or by pregnant women. Patients who suffer from heart problems should notify their health care professional before starting the TENS treatment. Patients who are prone to seizures or who have issues with their blood or blood vessels should not place the electrodes on their head or neck. Because the TENS device is a completely drug-free treatment, there are no concerns that using it will cause interactions with other medications.

We suggest the use of TENS or microcurrent units for spine painsports and overuse injuriesmultiple sclerosis (MS)headachescarpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)CRPS (RSD, causalgia),  diabetic peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, lumbago, bursitis, radiculopathy – cervical, thoracic and lumbar, spinal stenosis, piriformis syndrome, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, calcaneal spurs and plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, meniscal tears, Baker’s cysts, failed back syndrome, pelvic pain, lateral and medial epicondylitis, myofascial pain syndrome, and occipital neuralgia.

TENS

sources: http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/pain-management/transcutaneous-electrical-nerve-stimulators-tens

http://www.drugs.com/cg/how-to-use-a-tens-unit.html

http://pain.about.com/od/treatment/p/tens.htm

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