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ptsdsoldier
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   Posted Today 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Well this week I have my first physical therapy appointment, I am rather nervous about it since I have been to physical therapy in the past and have left there feeling 100 times worse then when I went in and at that point never thought it was possible but my Dr. states it is a "Check the Box" thing that has to be done first before I get an MRI.. They have also ordered a TENS unit which I really don't know what that is.. If you have used one or can explain it to me I would appreciate it. I hope that everyone is having a good week..

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted Today 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello ptsdsolider!

I believe there are more than one type of TENS unit. I have an over the counter type, and it can be effective.

Your Dr has probably ordered one of the more professional types, that can be programed by them.

I think they send electrical impulse to the muscles, and will constrict and relax the muscle, there by, adding strength to it.

Actually, they can be quite soothing, and tend to take your mind off the pain, as long as your wearing it, and it is going through a cycle.

I'm sure there will be someone along who will be more knowledgeable about this.

Take care,

SE wink

Jim1969
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   Posted Today 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
The home TENS units are about the size of a pager or a deck or cards (give or take) and are used for two reasons. One is to help rehabilitate muscles by causing them to contract and relax and the other is for pain relief by interrupting the pain singles from the pain site to the brain. It works for some people, for other it only works while the machine is on, and for some it does not do any good at all. The work by sending an electrical signal to the site. They are battery powered and most of the newer ones come with rechargeable batteries and a battery charger. The over all strength of the current as well as the frequency they turn off and on are adjustable.
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couchtater
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   Posted Today 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Where can I get an over the counter TENS unit? They sound very effective.
Joy

Chartreux
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   Posted Today 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Becareful and weary of the physical therapy...seems like they would do the MRI's before
any treatment so things don't get damaged more than they are..If they hurt you speak up
and make sure they don't push ya past your limits...this is not where you want to be told "No pain no gain"
as that's just bad...don't let them do that to you...and I hope it works good for you...
I had my mri's done before I did any PT or Chrio treatments...
Keep us posted as to how things go
HUGZ

Couchtater..Joy try on Amazon seems like amazon has everything...sometimes you need a script for these sometimes not...
I did my homework on them and got a good one from amazon...ask your doctor about the tens first ...
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ptsdsoldier
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   Posted Today 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
So the tens is something I take home I guess I assumed that it was just used while I was there..

straydog
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   Posted Today 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
PT have you ever had E-Stim when doing PT? The Tens Unit is basically the same thing only much much smaller. These can be very effective for some people that experience a lot of muscles spasms. I have one and it helps me quite a bit. Granted its all temporary but it can give some relief. No point in stressing over PT, it just not worth it.

You know your body so if something hurts that they try to do by all means tell them. As a rule most therapists are not out there to sabotage us, its just some are more aggressive than others. I have had some excellent therapists and some not so great, kind of like with the dr thing.

Take care.

Susie

Chartreux
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   Posted 9/24/2010 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
So how is the physical therapy going???
Hope it's helping...Keep us posted...
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