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TENS: pros and cons?

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    Posted: Jun/27/2017 at 12:51pm
I have my own TENS machine now!  I like it, and I feel that it helps my pain at least for a few minutes, and probably for a few hours.

I had some physical therapy for a few weeks (on hip) and they ended each session with 15 minutes with the TENS.  So, now I have my own device.  It's really small and battery operated.

Are there any threads here about the TENS?  Any websites someone can recommend?  Any potential problems with TENS use?

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In head-on car crash in 2006. Smashed kneecaps, broken hip, head injury,and other fractures. Daily knee pain (just a 2 or 3 or 4 on a scale from 1-10, so I feel like a wimp). Can't jog, walk long distances or stand for a long period of time. Surgery to remove bone growth on pelvis (2017). Ongoing hip pain, possibly trochanteric bursitis.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tkay Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/27/2017 at 6:19pm
I don't remember seeing any threads about TENS units.
I used one for a time, it helped me so much.

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i use a TENS Dr Hos and sent the receipt in with the prescription from my Dr saying TENS machine therapy for degenerative disc pain. I think the insurance will reimburse some of it hopefully. Usually have to send it a prequote but it was a one day special I hope they pay some of it. 

I don't use it on my lower back since I had radiofrequency ablation done(nerve burn) I'm afraid it will help speed up the regrowth of the nerves. My back is numb anyway. I do use TENS on my carpal tunnel hand, elbow and upper back and stomach though. 

I love TENS machine. A great device. Thanks for the topic. Sara
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There's lots of information on the site regarding TENS. Please do a "Search" to find it!!!

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Thanks, Stevie.  The first time I did a search I used lower case ("tens") and I got mostly messages with those letters inside of a word (like "listens").  Upper case search ("TENS") gives me lots of good stuff!

In head-on car crash in 2006. Smashed kneecaps, broken hip, head injury,and other fractures. Daily knee pain (just a 2 or 3 or 4 on a scale from 1-10, so I feel like a wimp). Can't jog, walk long distances or stand for a long period of time. Surgery to remove bone growth on pelvis (2017). Ongoing hip pain, possibly trochanteric bursitis.
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