What is TENS Therapy?

TENS TherapyHave you heard about TENS therapy? TENS, or Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is a type of treatment for chronic pain relief. It is a type of non-medication treatment, which can provide many people with pain relief when medication is not working or is not working fully. It is often used for back or other types of chronic pain. It all comes from a small unit that is about the size of a pack of cigarettes and, in most cases, it can cost between $250 to $700, though options differ significantly. Could this be a tool for you?

How Does It Work?

TENS TherapyThis type of treatment works by allowing the user to select a high frequency level of stimulation. This is generally between 60 and 200 Hz or a low frequency setting of stimulation, usually more than 10 Hz. The most common option is the use of a high frequency stimulation, called conventional treatment. It generally is tolerable to the user for several hours, during which time the pain can be less. This level of treatment generally creates pain relief that lasts for a short period of time afterwards. The secondary option, low frequency stimulation, is often used because it can provide longer term relief. This secondary method is often referred to as acupuncture like treatment. It is more uncomfortable to the patient, but it can last longer after treatment.

Users will place electrodes on various areas until the right level and type of pain relief is achieved. These electrodes are generally positioned over areas where the pain is the highest or in the areas surrounding that spot. It can also be placed over the area where the nerve causing the pain is located or placed on a different area of the body.

TENS TherapyIt can be hard to know if TENS will work for any single person. Some patients report significant pain relief that lasts for hours. Other people do not have any results from it. Most people will need to use various placement options for the electrodes before finding a solution that works for them. Because this is not a medication, it can be safe to use when used properly and alongside medications in many individuals.

If you are suffering from chronic pain, it is a good idea to choose the right treatment for your specific concerns and needs. Turn to the best pain doctor in New York to get the relief you need.

If you are experiencing any type of pain at all, we highly encourage you to call us today at 646-862-5555 to schedule an appointment with the best pain doctor in all of New York City.

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