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Are Tens Units Effective For Most People
It depends.: It depends on the course of disease, acute vs chronic, the level of pain tolerance, severity, and the cause. Some meta-analyses had confirmed the effectiveness for some types of pain such as pain in osteoarthritis, postoperative pain, and chronic musculoskeletal pain. It is more effective in chronic pain and sometimes aggravates the pain in acute injuries. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How effective is a RF neurotomy for lower back pain treatment? Do most people get relief? What is the next step if it doesn't work?
Safe, not effective: It's safe, but not shown to be effective in any well done study. ...Read more
Anxiety: Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be quite effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night ; good nutrition with 5 servings of veggies ; 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, qi gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises ; meditation. Don't isolate - spend time with friends and stay active. ...Read more
TENS Time: Tens, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is a therapy used to "exhaust" nerves and deplete them of neurotransmitter to limit the transduction of nervous impulses, or pain. Depending on the location of the problem on the body, the electrode size, the impedence or resistance of the skin and deeper fatty tissues and voltage of the unit, the amount of relief can vary; adjust with caution. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can be treated with: It can be medically treated, usually with antibiotics, but surgery is always a major issue and needs to be considered. Check with your doctor asap and see if a surgical referral is mandated! ...Read more