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Old 10-06-2004, 02:25 PM   #1
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Question Post Op Electrode/Stim Therapy?

My physical therapist will be starting an electrode/stim machine therapy on me for my foot and toes which aren't working properly after my fusion on 9/10.

Has any of you had this and have you found successful results with it?

 
Old 10-06-2004, 05:29 PM   #2
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Re: Post Op Electrode/Stim Therapy?

I just started electrical stim therapy in PT a week ago! And yes, it IS helping! I actually came out of PT with little to no pain after limping in (had tear at L4/L5 with nerve damage and drop foot. Microdiskectomy in July). It could also be the massage that is helping though.

she explained to me that electrical stim will retrain the brain to no longer sense the nerve pain as pain? Something like that. I'll have to ask again to understand. At first I was afraid it would aggravate my sensitive nerve which is still real inflammed but it didn't. You need to relax when they do it. Don't tense up.

they'll ask you to tell them the level you're comfortable at, then place a bell near you so if you have pain you can ring and they'll stop or change the level.

The treatment can last for an hour or days I guess. I felt great til I got back in the car (husband drives me, i can't sit) and then of course the pain started up again.but for a few minutes there I was pain free!

 
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Old 10-06-2004, 08:52 PM   #3
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Re: Post Op Electrode/Stim Therapy?

is it helping with any numbness or your foot drop? They are doing it for me since my toes don't work and my foot is shuffling instead of bending properly. I think they think that the muscles in the foot are working to protect the nerve. With the stim, they'll let loose a little.

 
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