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What is the purpose of electrical stimulation for an injury?

What is the purpose of electrical stimulation for an injury?

Several: This modality can increase blood flow to the injured part and can help relax muscle spasms. Electrical stimulation would also contract muscles and help prevent muscle atrophy thus helping to prevent blood clots. ...Read more

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Electrical Stimulation (Definition)

Electrical stimulation is sometimes used in an attempt increase muscle strength in children with cerebral palsy. The electrical stim units are often applied during sleep. There is little data to support the ...Read more


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Does electrical stimulation hurt?

No: E stim is not like getting shocked. It can be quite tolerable and should not hurt at all. If it hurts it is being done too aggressively. ...Read more

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What is the difference between electrical stimulation and interferential current?

Multiple Answers: There are many forms of electrical stim often applied in physical therapy. One of these types is called interferential current stim which uses intermediate frequency stim as opposed to tens which can cover a very wide range of frequency stimulation. Regardless, recent reviews (cochrane) have failed to show efficacy. Medicare has now stopped paying for tens. This should not be confused with scs. ...Read more

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What is used for electrical stimulation?

What is used for electrical stimulation?

Elicitation of muscl: Contraction using electric impulses the impulses are generated by a device and delivered through electrodes on the skin in direct proximity to the muscles to be stimulated it has the potential to serve as: a strength training tool for healthy subjects and athletes; a rehabilitation and preventive tool for partially or totally immobilized patients. ...Read more

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Does electrical stimulation hurt or help your muscles?

Does electrical stimulation hurt or help your muscles?

It can do both: It can stimulate a damaged muscle to make it work or it can over stimulate a musscle and damage it. ...Read more

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Electrical stimulation for constipation. Is anybody trying that?

Pilot study : I personally do not use it. Am not sure about other physicians. The study did show increased frequency of spontaneous defecations , decrease fecal soiling. ...Read more

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Please explain why is electrical stimulation contraindicated for pacemakers?

Pacemakers: Pacemakers are electronic devices and are affected by electrical and magnetic fields. Electrical stimulation devices frequently cause a near field effect which can potentially cause the pacemaker circuitry to malfunction and can cause problems. ...Read more

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Please explain why is electrical stimulation contraindicated for seizure disorders?

Please explain why is electrical stimulation contraindicated for seizure disorders?

Not : It is not contraindicated. If you are referring to a TENS unit, they're fine. Other simulators are not necessarily contraindicated, either. ...Read more

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Electrical stimulation to promote healing in broken ankles, does this work?

Nope.: Electrical stimulation will not affect bone healing. You would need to go to a bone stimulator. They work on different physiological premises. ...Read more

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