TENS Units at Arizona Pain Specialists – Low Risk, High Pain Relief!
TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
TENS units are small battery powered devices designed to relieve post-operative, acute, and chronic pain. Back pain, neck pain, leg pain, arm pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, etc. TENS units are about the size of an iPod and are available at all Arizona Pain Specialists’ locations including Scottsdale, Phoenix, Glendale, and Chandler.
TENS units are a safe non-invasive drug free method of pain management that can help decrease the need for pain medication and also supplement treatment being received for pain control. Chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, pain management, spinal decompression therapy, can all be supplemented. TENS units are also used for pain caused by peripheral nerves (such as herniated disc – radiculopathy).
A TENS unit will have an attachment that goes on your pants or pockets so that they are easy to bring with you.
TENS units are often used at Arizona pain centers along with non-operative treatments such as Physical Therapy, Physiotherapy, Pain Management, Chiropractic treatment, Spinal Decompression, or Manipulation Under Anesthesia.
How Do TENS Units Work?
A TENS unit is a device that transmits small square electrical pulses to the electrodes, which transmit this electrical pulse to the underlying nerves. The fundamental components of a TENS unit are the electrodes, a highly advanced computer chip, and an electrical battery source. The small amount of electricity is transmitted through the computer component then to the electrodes, which transmits the electrical waveform through the skin to the underlying nerves.
What conditions are helped with TENS Units?
Neck Pain, Back Pain, Arthritis, Sciatica, headaches, Muscular Strains, TMJ Disorder, Radiculopathy, pain from herniated discs, mid back pain, upper back pain, tendonitis, Sports Injuries, bursitis, shoulder pain, knee pain, hip pain, ankle pain, wrist pain. Often times, a chiropractor in Phoenix will use a TENS Unit for a patient with an acute back flare up to gain immediate pain relief.
Do TENS units cure pain problems?
TENS units will not cure a disease or pain problem. They are of no curative value. It is a symptomatic pain management treatment which suppresses pain sensation. Call (602) 507-6550 and Arizona Pain will see if a TENS unit is right for you.
How is a TENS unit applied?
Application of TENS Unit Electrodes are placed on or near the area where pain management is needed. Soothing pulses are sent via the electrodes through the skin and along the nerve fibers. The current travels through the electrodes and into the skin stimulating specific nerve pathways to produce a tingling or massaging sensation that reduces the perception of pain.
How Does a TENS Machine work?
The TENS machine pulses suppress pain signals to the brain. TENS Machines also encourage the body to produce higher levels of its own pain killing chemicals called Endorphins.
How long does it take for a TENS Machine to start working to relieve my pain?
It takes approximately 30 minutes or less to feel the effects. At your visit to one of our pain clinics in Arizona, you will start feeling the benefits before you even leave!
How Long is it Okay to Use a TENS?
Some people use their TENS unit throughout the day off and on for pain management. It’s not typically recommended to be used continuously. Rather best to use for a period of time (1-2 hours) then take off for a while.
What does a TENS Machine feel like when it’s turned on?
The device produces a tingling sensation but should not be painful.
What are potential adverse effects with using TENS Units?
Users of TENS machines experience significant pain relief by and large. Some patients note that their skin is red where the electrodes are placed.
How can I obtain a TENS Machine?
One needs a prescription from a medical provider such as a Phoenix chiropractor or a Pain clinic in Phoenix (MD/DO) for a TENS Machine. When you receive a TENS Unit, the machine will be set to optimally manage your pain condition and personal instructions will be given on its use. One should not attempt to change the settings without having undergone this instruction.
How well do TENS Machines work?
For some chronic and acute pain patients, a TENS machine provides pain relief that can last for several hours. For others, a TENS Unit may help reduce the amount of pain medication needed.
Research on TENS Machines
Few quality research studies have been done on the use of TENS for pain relief. With regards to the literature that does exist on TENS machines, it’s controversial. Anecdotally however, patients often rave about the pain relief felt. In conjunction with physical therapy, chiropractic treatments, or pain management treatments, the results tend to be good to excellent. They also work well in the post-operative setting.
At Arizona Pain’s Phoenix pain center, the results with TENS machines in conjunction with treatment from our Phoenix and Scottsdale Chiropractors and physical rehab providers, and pain management doctors in Arizona has been excellent.
Ask your doctor if a TENS will help your condition. If you are in the Phoenix or Scottsdale AZ metropolitan area, call Arizona Pain Specialists for a consultation to discuss options to relieve your pain.
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