Pain management doctor Leon Reyfman of Pain Physicians NY (Brooklyn & NYC) provides a full range of advanced pain management services including electrical nerve stimulation for chronic pain among latest cutting edge procedures: Body Composition Analysis, High Tech Shockwave Therapy, groundbreaking Interstitial Laser Therapy. Our Brooklyn physical therapy specialists are among the best in the region.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is a safe and none – invasive treatment method for pain widely available all over the world, no matter if the pain is acute or chronic.
TENS as a pain relief therapy uses electrodes attached to the skin over the area where the pain is localized. Impulses of low – voltage are passed from the electrodes into the body when electricity is turned on. The currents coming from a TENS device range from 10 – 50 Hz, but they can also be turned up or down depending always from one patient to another.
For What Is TENS Used For?
Even though this treatment method was discovered in the ’60, it got popular and started to be widely used just a few years ago. TENS is recommended for the treatment of the following conditions that are accompanied with nerve pain:
- Arthritis (Arthritis of the Cervical Spine, Arthritis in Hands, Wrist, Degenerative Arthritis, etc.)
- Bursitis (Hip, Elbow, Knee, etc.)
- Nerve damages due to accidents or other types of injuries
- Muscle injuries
- Migraine headaches
- Pain following surgeries, etc.
What Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS) Feels Like?
This treatment method lasts no longer than 15 minutes. You need to lay down on a treatment table, while your pain management doctor places the electrodes into your painful area, directly on the skin. These electrodes are attached to two wires, and once electricity is turned on, through these wired and the electrodes placed on your skin, mild electrical stimulation is sent through your body.
The therapy is not painful at all. However, you may experience a tingling sensation while electricity is running through your body. Once the treatment is over, you should normally feel a relief, especially in the places where the electrodes were placed, on the most painful areas.
Is TENS Safe?
Yes, TENS is safe, especially when performed by professionals. Like any other treatment method TENS has also its possible side effects and complications. The only problems arising from TENS pain – relief treatment are when the electrodes are placed wrong or when a too high voltage is used. The electrodes should not be placed near the eyes, throat, heart or brain. When a higher voltage is used burnings of the skin and irritations can occur. Allergic reactions to electric pads placed over the skin are also possible.
Is Everyone Suitable For TENS?
Not everyone is suitable for TENS. It should be avoided in people who have pacemakers or infusion pumps, as the electricity interferes with the work of these devices. TENS should be also avoided in pregnant women.
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation is a safe treatment option for pain, even though it is not a permanent solution. The effects of this treatment depend from one person to another and you can have TENS treatments as often as you need something to relieve your pain. Studies have shown that some patients have experienced permanent pain relief after TENS treatments, while others need TENS treatments for a long period of time. The effectiveness of this treatment method will depend from the condition treated and the intensity of the treatments.
Pain Physicians NY (Brooklyn & NYC) the top rated pain management clinic provides a full range of advanced pain management services to help our patients return to a healthy and pain-free life style. Our approach to pain care is individualized, and we providing the most effective treatments and utilizing the latest technologies available in USA. The pace at which technology is growing can make last year’s methods obsolete. Our team is always at the top of their game and at the head of the pack.
We always consider a non-invasive treatment options first before we turn to more invasive procedures like minimally invasive surgery.
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