What are TENS units? | Dr. Andrew Cash, MD Las Vegas, Nevada
By Brooke Strickland and Dr. Andrew Cash
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) Units are small, portable devices that send ery small amounts of electrical impulses to certain parts of the body to block pain messages being sent from the brain. They are battery operated and usually pocket sized, making them easy to transport with the patient. The currents that come from TENS units are usually mild, but are great at blocking pain signals and can significantly help reduce pain that a patient may be experiencing. The patient will have electrodes stuck to the skin surface near the area of pain and treatment can be either short or long term.
TENS units are usually prescribed by doctors, physical therapists, or occupational therapists to individuals that are living with chronic pain, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, joint pain. They can also be used for individuals with acute pain. Because of the ability to have the unit target the exact area of pain, they can be quite effective in reducing pain or eliminating it totally.
If you think you’re a candidate for a TENS unit, contact Dr. Cash for an appointment at www.disclv.com.