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Best electrodes to use for low back pain/sciatica?

Hi Everyone,

This is directed to those of you who use TENS for low back pain/sciatica. I am having the most difficult time getting electrodes to stick more than one application without the edges peeling up, getting stuck to clothing. I have been using an assortment of brands/sizes/materials and just curious to see what others use that work well. I am spending money on reusable electrodes that are only lasting 1 day...

There are so many different types of material (foam, spunlace, cloth, tricot, etc), gel (blue gel, hydrogel, tac gel, solid gel, etc) with or without silver coating, multiple layers of gel, snap and pin connectors, sizes that I am soooooo lost!!!

Any help would be great! Also I noticed there is pre-tens skin prep....is this something I should be using? Thanks!



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    I have had a tens unit for over 10 years now. I've gone through about 5 pair of pads during that time frame.

    Same problems as you describe above.

    I have found that keeping those pads moist helps. Very similar to keeping those 'suction' cap devices on your sink or shower.
    Also, I started to tape my in place. That did help a lot, but you will need assistance getting the tape applied correctly.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • kateecatkkateecat Posts: 16
    edited 02/19/2013 - 11:31 AM
    you have only used 5 pairs in 10 years!??? I have gone through more than 5 pairs since I got the TENS about 2 or 3 weeks ago!! I tried taping, but the tape didn't stick (I didn't use the stickiest kind). I think I might just have to go with cheaper ones that are only meant for one use and then use them one time and toss em. My PT was talking about discussing with their rep about getting me a non portable device for home use for actual therapeutic affect. I am having a remarkable response, although as soon as the unit turns off the pain is back immediately, it has been a relief to be able to work without being in miserable pain day in and day out every single day. I put it on in the am when I wake up and take it off when I take my shower before bed.

    The only thing that is annoying is that the battery dies everyday at 3pm (I have rechargeables) and I cannot find pads that will stick more than one day...When they start to curl on the edge I get zapped and that sucks.

    I try rewetting the pads with small drop of water and that does nothing to help revive stickiness.
  • David's_WifeDDavid's_Wife Posts: 1
    edited 07/03/2013 - 6:11 PM
    I've read if you put your TENS pads on wax paper it makes them stickier. LOL If that doesn't work, there is a gel called TAC-GEL that is supposed to make your pads stick better! You can find it on Amazon. :)

    Hope that helps!

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