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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
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My mother one side of the face droop due to stroke.Currently she taking Electrical stimulation on her face & physiotherapy? Its curable are not?

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
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My mother one side of the face droop due to stroke.Currently she taking Electrical stimulation on her face & physiotherapy? Its curable are not?

Time will tell: This depends on the nature, severity of the stroke. Ask her neurologist for more details. The physiotherapist/ PT will offer her much help in restoring function. You may want to also get a integrative medical consultant on board, who could recommend a skilled acupuncturist/ medical qigong doctor, who can assist in restoring microcirculation to the brain, to accelerate her recovery. It may take time to heal. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnon Rubin
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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


Dr. Angelo Mitsos
Board Certified, Podiatry
35 years in practice
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What is the purpose of electrical stimulation for an injury?

Dr. Angelo Mitsos
Board Certified, Podiatry
35 years in practice
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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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Dr. Arnon Rubin
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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
27 years in practice
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Does electrical stimulation hurt?

Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
27 years in practice
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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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Dr. Marshall Bedder
Board Certified, Pain Management
33 years in practice
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What is the difference between electrical stimulation and interferential current?

Dr. Marshall Bedder
Board Certified, Pain Management
33 years in practice
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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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Dr. Arnon Rubin
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
44 years in practice
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What is used for electrical stimulation?

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
44 years in practice
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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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Dr. Alvin Stein
Board Certified, Pain Management
55 years in practice
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Does electrical stimulation hurt or help your muscles?

Dr. Alvin Stein
Board Certified, Pain Management
55 years in practice
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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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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Board Certified, Pain Management
34 years in practice
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Please explain why is electrical stimulation contraindicated for pregnant women?

Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Board Certified, Pain Management
34 years in practice
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Electric stimulation: This is based t on the possibility that the uterus may start contractions when its not supposed to. ...Read more

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Dr. Charlene Sojico
Board Certified, Pediatrics
36 years in practice
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Electrical stimulation for constipation. Is anybody trying that?

Dr. Charlene Sojico
Board Certified, Pediatrics
36 years in practice
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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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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Board Certified, Pain Management
34 years in practice
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Can electrical stimulation work for my erb's palsy?

Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Board Certified, Pain Management
34 years in practice
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Electrical stimulati: It certainly could and its worth a try. However this should be done by directly stimulation on the spinal cord- it probably will not work in any other area. ...Read more

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
46 years in practice
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Please explain why is electrical stimulation contraindicated for pacemakers?

Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
46 years in practice
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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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