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Posted By : CharlieCali714 - 3/30/2017 4:53 PM
I have had chronic back pain due to motorcycle accident for 5 years. Recently I was told to get a TENS unit. I have purchased techcare plus 24 tens unit from amazon.
This one;

https://www.amazon.com/Massager-TechCare-Tens-Unit-Therapy/dp/B06XXDTC3W/ref=sr_1_28_s_it?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1490914288&sr=1-28&keywords=best+tens+unit

Have you used this before? If so, did it work for you? any recommendations area for putting the pads for back pain?

I ll update this post when I start using it

Posted By : straydog - 3/30/2017 6:29 PM
Hi Charlie, welcome to the forum. Many people here have used Tens units, some it worked for & some it didn't. I used one many, many years ago with some success. I am surprised your machine did not come with a booklet explaining where to out the pads. I suggest doing a google search on where to place the pads for your particular unit.

Let us know what you find out. Take care.
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Posted By : (Seashell) - 3/31/2017 8:32 AM
It is great to see TENS units have become available without a prescription. The downside to the opened availability is that people do not receive benefit of a physical therapist to provide hands on education and assessment of electrode placement and wave form best for their unique pain situation.

Disclosure: I am a licensed physical therapist (masters degree, but retired due to fragile health). I continue to maintain licensure.

One basic caveat: in placing a pair of elecrodes from the same lead, do not place the electrodes so that they are on opposite te sides if the spine. Place both paired electrodes from a single lead on the same side of the spinal column.

Although TENS units use low voltage batteries, there is concern about the electromagnetic transfer through the spinal cord if paired electrodes from a single lead are placed on opposing sides of the spinal column.

Most TENS inits orovide a total of 4 electrodes. Two electrodes pair to a single lead.

For broad based back pain, then, place one pair of leads on the right side of the paravertebral muscles and the second pair of electrodes on the left side.

For pain that radiates down a leg, place the electrodes from one lead on the oars eternal muscles on one side of the back and the second electrode on the buttock or thigh where pain radiates. Place the electrodes from the second lead on the paravetevral muscles in the contralateral side of the first lead and the second electrode on a second area of radiating pain.

For pain that is of a small or well contained area, be aware that you do not need to use all 4 electrodes available. A TENS unit can be utilized using a single lead and its pair of corresponding electrodes. Be sure to use the control dial associated with the lead that has plugged in. I can recall patients calling me telling me that there unit was not working when, in fact, they had plugged the lead into a channel but were trying to adjust the intensity using the inactive channel dial.

In starting use of a TENS init, I generally advised patients to start low and slow. Start with a low intensity of current. Start by using the unit for a short period of time (ex. Unit on for 1-2 hours). See how your body reacts to use of a TENS init. Do not apply the electrodes and leave it on for 24 hours. Start low and go slow. Get to know the unit, its waveform, explore optimal electrode placements.

I hope your TENS unit purchase brings you pain modulation and relief.
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Post Edited ((Seashell)) : 3/31/2017 8:38:34 AM (GMT-6)


Posted By : CindyDavid4 - 3/31/2017 8:41 AM
I have been using TENS for back and knee issues for many years, with good results. Now I am 2 weeks post surgery for hip replacement (full, anterior). The hip is doing great - its my knee thats a mess. Ive been icing and elevating, it helps some. I really want to use the TENS, but am uncertain if I can so close to surgery. Are there any concerns with this? Thanks

Posted By : CharlieCali714 - 4/3/2017 4:46 PM
thank you for your messages. I have received it today and had a chance to try it. I had put them 2 pads on back of left shoulder and 2 towards to my left lower back. I had 2x20 mins sessions and I already feel better. I will use it for few more weeks and will share my experience.

I highly recommend it so far!

Posted By : kailey sims - 4/24/2017 5:15 PM
I have used a tens machine for back pain caused by muskularskelatal disorder - it did help moderately.
what i found helped the most though was actually recommended to me by a friend who was in an awful car accident. He used it to rehabilitate himself and I know use it to prevent the pain I often feel from standing at a desk for hours on end. The slope of the platform forces you to engage other muscles than you back, and allows you to excercise other muscles that you dont engage when normally standing flat. If you want to check it out on amazon its called equilbrium1 platform. If you have any follow up questions, please reach out!

Posted By : Tuesday85 - 4/26/2017 12:33 AM
I have had chronic back issues for a number of years now. They stem from a manual handling injury but were exasperated by the nature of my job, i.e. sat at a desk all day. I do regular stretches and exercises and have seen a chiropractor in the past, but the problem persists. I too have been advised of the benefits of a TENS system and I have decided to give it a try. But looking around online on www.used.forsale/tens-unit at all the TENS units that are available for sale made me feel dizzy! There are that many different brands and models at a range of differing prices. It is hard to know which one to go for. Can anybody recommend a particular model from experience? Any that I should avoid? Thanks in advance for any pointers!

(Seashell) said...
One basic caveat: in placing a pair of elecrodes from the same lead, do not place the electrodes so that they are on opposite te sides if the spine. Place both paired electrodes from a single lead on the same side of the spinal column.

Although TENS units use low voltage batteries, there is concern about the electromagnetic transfer through the spinal cord if paired electrodes from a single lead are placed on opposing sides of the spinal column.


Thanks for this advice by the way Seashell.

Post Edited (Tuesday85) : 4/27/2017 1:49:00 AM (GMT-6)


Posted By : pitmom - 4/26/2017 8:47 AM
Hello Tuesday85. I recently purchased a t.e.n.s. unit at my pharmacy. Essential Medical Supply, Inc. S1000. It runs on one AA size battery and I can clip it to my belt or carry it in a pocket. I didn't want a super pricey one to 'try out'. So far, so good. It has 3 different settings, 2 sets of lead wires and you can use just one or both. I'm still 'experimenting' with mine. So far, I've only used it on my lumbar spine and it has been a huge help. I made sure my pharmacy also carries the replacement electrode pads, for convenience.

I remember being in physical therapy and having t.e.n.s. as one of the modalities used. I've also had it used at my chiropractor. Never did they use it on my elbow injury, so I doubt I'll be trying it there as I have permanent nerve damage. I don't want to 'reawaken the monster'!

I hope you find one that works well for you. My pharmacy had 2 types...I bought the $80 one and passed on the $130 one. I might consider an upgrade at some point in the future, but this one is working out well for me so far.
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Posted By : Tuesday85 - 4/26/2017 10:13 PM
Thanks for the feedback Pitmom. Glad to hear that it is working for you. I think I am definitely going to give it a try. I'll let you know how I get on.

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