Re: Tens Unit Post Fusion Surgery?
I got my TENS unit before my surgery and it worked wonders back then, I still use it from time to time and I think it is a good tool for treating my pain. There are many different settings and there is a couple that I find rather unpleasant. However, like Breny pointed out, everyone is different so what is good for me may not be good for you, but as far as it interfering with your fusion, I asked my PM doc, surgeon and PT if they knew of any reason why I shouldn’t use it and they all said the same thing, I should use it if I felt that I needed it and there would be no effect on my fusion or hardware. I also have used it on my elbow, leg and thigh, I personally love the little box, I usually have it on the wave mode, the burst mode is the one I can’t handle. My PT is the one who taught me how to use it properly. When I first got it, I was a little confused on where I should place the pads, and what all of the settings meant. The manual was no help either and I was a little disappointed with it. I did find out that I was using it wrong, and when I learned how to use it, I was very happy with it.
If you draw an imaginary square, and have your pain site that you want to concentrate on in the center of that square, you would place one pad on the upper left corner of that square, you would then place the other pad which is on the same lead wire on the lower right corner of the square. Then you would reverse the two pads on the other lead wire. That way the current would oscillate and center where your pain is, tricking your brain and essentially, blocking the pain signals. You shouldn’t use it for more than about forty-five minutes at a time, I usually use it for thiry minutes. Just like an ice pack, too much is no good and defeats the purpose and can actually cause more problems. But when used properly, it can be a beautiful thing. But once again, to each his or her own, everyone has different tastes, tolerances and senses. Skin sensitivity can be a real problem too, you should never share your pads with anyone either.
I guess I have confused myself enough for one post, I hope this helps you Hunni.
3level laminectomy,discectomy&PLIF L3-S1 02/20/04
6cages 8screws 2rods (oh my!) w/local bone graft
Last edited by Haw'nCarl; 11-21-2004 at 05:47 PM.
Reason: Typed left when I meant right