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Burn from Stim

Kris-NYKKris-NY Posts: 2,207
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Exercise and Rehab
Last week I went to PT and as usually he started me off with stim(tens). Because I have had more pain to the left side of my spine on my upper back he placed one of the four pads there.

On Friday I glanced back and noticed that I had a red mark about 4 inches long and a half inch wide about where the edge of the pad was. It looked kind of mottled. No pain.

Has anyone ever heard of this? I'm guessing that it may have burst a blood vessel under the skin and the vibration jiggled the blood into this straight line. That's about the best explanation I can think of. I'm going to ask him today about it.


  • From the manual of the TENS unit I have
    Caution: Improper application of electrodes
    or TENS settings my cause electrode burns.
    Use the TENS unit as directed by your physician
    The home units are not as strong as the ones used in PT clinics. Were I in your shoes, I would speak to the PT who set this up last week and ask them to use new pads next time. Actually the equipment specialist in me says they might need to consider sending in the unit they used for you to have the calibration checked.

    Just my thoughts,

  • He showed me the pad and it was only able 2 inches square. I'm pretty sure the red mark was closer to 4 inches. He was very quick to show me the pad and say it wasn't possible. But that was based on size of the pad not that it couldn't happen.

    I just can't imagine what else would cause that kind of mark on my back. To close to the middle to be my bra strap.

    Oh well. It's gone now. Just another page in my story.
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