What would you like to know about TENS I have two of them! They are little electronic devices that send out electrical impulses via patches that are put on your skin on your back or what ever area that is needed. I think the theory behind it is that the electrical impulses confuse the pain receptors, and thus istead of feeling pain you feel vibration or tingling from the impulses. Or something like that, I have had very little success with the TENS because I sweat so much that I can't keep the electrode patches on, and when they try taping them on, I am allergic to most tapes and I break out in a rash or I blister, even with the paper hypo-allergenic tapes!
Anyway allot of people have very good results using TENS. I guess in away it is kind of like the spinal stimulator units but instead of being implanted the electrodes are just stuck on your skin. and the unit is adjustable with different strengths of impulses and also time and duration and type of impulse. Anyway you can put two to four electrode patches on depending on the type of unit you have. The PT person will probably be the one to set it up for you and determine where the electrode patches should be placed, and the setting for the unit.
Do let us know how you like it and how it works for you. I know mine runs on a little rechargeable battery, and you get new electode patches every so often. I hope this has helped you, if you need any more information, just let me know. I am sure that there is somebody here at this forum that is probably more familiar with them and can explain it better.
Good Luck to you Laurie
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I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV