Well what interested me is that unlike my previous unit years ago, which was just a small TENS machine, the ones my current PT's chose for me is both a TENS and STIM, so I can swap, use it for pain relief, us it for muscle activation (I have drop foot and no control at all over my left foot).
When I had my last spine surgery, it was total reconstruction of L1-L5, very invasive, extensive nerve damage, repair of what was possible, but extensive enough to require bone and marrow transplants as well as blood transfusions,-- I've had six in the past 18 months). Anyhoo, BEFORE surgery, I already had the foot drop, just not as bad, BUT, I couldn't feel anything, or much of anything at all.
Following surgery, I was excited to experience what I perceive as intense pain in my left leg from the knee down, and especially the ankle and foot. I mean, painful! It's hypersensitive, and my neuro explained to me that's a good sign, it may mean nerve regeneration is taking place.....he also explained of all the "conditions" he had to treat in my spine, the most damage was neurological and of the symptoms being relieved, as for my foot drop, IF control even comes back, at all, it will be the last thing to come back, and it quite likely may never return. I've taken it upon myself to work at desensitizing the leg, getting it used to touch, pressure, stim. At PT they can jack that sucker up anywhere else on my body! But on that left lower leg, just running finger tips along my shin will make me cringe....so this is a very hard, challenging process for me. But I'm doing it. And yes, I have the most amazing physical therapists! That's another reason I'm staying behind in MA a little longer than my family, (who's starting the official move up there in roughly 15 days or so)...I want to get the most that I can from my PT's.
That's why I liked that this unit offers both. I was curious if others had experience with such units, what they felt the benefits were using either STIM or TENS, and etc., etc., etc.
EDIT: Clarifying "conditions" and related "symptoms."
Post Edited (Sookie Snows) : 8/6/2013 2:49:48 PM (GMT-6)