How do I learn how to use a TENS unit?

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   Posted 12/14/2009 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw a cheap tens unit online and I might buy it. But I dont know how to use it. It was used during physical therapy an dthats it. where do I learn how to use it?

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   Posted 12/14/2009 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Melissa,

I'd talk to your doctor or your PT. I'm sure either one of them can help teach you what you need to know.


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   Posted 12/14/2009 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   

I have a TENS that I got from one of my PT's along the way, for the most part with me it was a process of experimentation. If you've used one before, this is review, and I'm not sure what kind you're looking at so perhaps its a little different. Mine is Empi brand, and is very nice. It has different settings for knees, shoulders, lower back/hips, hand/wrist or back. Mine has two different channels that have two pads each. I stick them where it hurts, then turn it on. The nice thing is that once you've set it, it locks so you can't accidentally ramp up the tingling. Depending on the day, and where specifically I'm placing it, the number I set it too ranges pretty widely. The one thing my PT warned me of was to never set it on continous mode, always make sure its modulating or changing the pattern. I know this probably isn't anything new, but hopefully that helps! Oh, also, if the pads start to get unsticky, you can unplug them and run a little bit of water over them to make them last a bit longer. That reminds me though, I need to order more! Hope this helps!

Pain Issue: Sub-scapular bursitis, scapular dyskinesia, nerve damage down left arm, shoulder and neck
Treatment: PT, Tens Unit, Oxycodone, Diazepan, Hydrocodone-APAP, Tramadol, Voltaren/Duac gel

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   Posted 12/16/2009 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Miss Melissa,

I got mine from zynex medical. I love my Mr.T. My spine specialist perscribed mine. They will "perscribe" how many Leads, cycle, amp, rotation and duration / times per day. I like the company my doctor had me use, as they mail me my suppliees each month and the device was covered by the insurance I had at that time. (United Health) I still get supplies, but the new insurance (BCBS) only covers a portion of my supplies now.

~~> " Today many people confuse TENS with EMS. EMS and TENS devices look similar and both use long electric lead wires and electrodes. TENS is for blocking pain, where EMS is for stimulating the muscle."

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