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New Tens unit - not sure if it works

I recently was given a tens unit for sciatic pain. I have had 2 surgeries which I am left with numbness around my back. When I put the pads on as instructed I don't feel anything due to prior nerve damage. Will it help?


  • Peter BPPeter B Posts: 511
    edited 10/27/2012 - 6:02 PM
    It works on the muscles, I believe. I used one for a while. But if you can't feel anything, you would be unable to control the power and you may suffer. I'd say don't use it unless you can feel to regulate it.
    You can get ultrasound at a physio, but again you have to control the power by feel.
    The nerves should eventually grow back.
    What about getting a sports/ remedial massage to get your muscles back in good health? Usually neglected, but they need regular maintenance too to keep working properly. They could be applying pressure in the wrong places, causing nerve pain. I get that.
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