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Dr. Colin Sanner
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Tens (Overview)

Is an acronym standing for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. We've found that by over-stimulating certain nerves, it "short circuits" the pathway to perceive pain.


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What is a tens machine?

What is a tens machine?

Pain Management Unit: "tens" is the acronym for transcputaneous electrical nerve stimulation. A "tens unit" is a pocket size, portable, battery-operated device that sends electrical impulses to certain parts of the body to block pain signals.
The electrical currents produced are mild, but can prevent pain messages from being transmitted to the brain and may raise the level of endorphins. ...Read more

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Dr. Colin Sanner
974 Doctors shared insights

Tens (Overview)

Is an acronym standing for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. We've found that by over-stimulating certain nerves, it "short circuits" the pathway to perceive pain.


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Please tell me how to cure a cold fast?

Please tell me how to cure a cold fast?

COLD IS SELF LIMITED: Common cold gets better by itself, and one may use decongestants for symptom relief.
Keep hugrated to keep secretions thin, keep the drainage to prevent complications and short term use of decongeastants like sudafed in severe cases is all that is needed
it will take its course, there is definitely no need for antibiotics for common cold. ...Read more

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Looking for health information for an elder. Where do I go?

Looking for health information for an elder. Where do I go?

American Geriatrics: America geriatric society, local departments of aging, local unirversities & hospitals with geriatric programmes & websites like medscape etc. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use tens if I have had SVT in the past and right branch bundle block? Thanks :)

Should be safe: The electrical stimulation from a TENS unit should not affect the heart rhythm, if TENS unit is used on the lower back, or further from the heart. ...Read more

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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 more

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T.E.N.S pain relief machine has anyone ever used one for tmdand did it work?

T.E.N.S pain relief machine has anyone ever used one for tmdand did it work?

Helpful: I use ultra low frequency tens to relax the muscles of the face prior to taking a bite for TMJ treatment appliances. It is different than the type of tens used for pain management. Ulf tens alone is of limited value. The bite appliance keeps the muscles relaxed and the jaw on a proper path of closure, key issues in the management of patients withtmd. ...Read more

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How does a spinal cord stimulator differ from a tens machine? Is there a significant benefit of one over other? Stimulator worth the surgery? Thx

A TENS unit uses: Pads placed on the outside of the body and stimulates muscles and nerves from there and controls pain by way of a theory called the gate controls theory where it basically floods the fibers heading north and blocks pain signals. The spinal cord stimulator is internal, usually along spinal cord, sometimes not, that disrupts pain signals. Stimulators can be very beneficial in refractory pain. ...Read more

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What's the pros and cons of getting your child shots?

What's the pros and cons of getting your child shots?

Very few cons: Vaccines are safe for most kids. The worst reaction most children have is fever, some irritability, soreness, and redness. It's a small price to pay for not getting potentially serious diseases like measles, flu, and whooping cough. Getting shots helps protect other people, including siblings, from those illnesses. Babies too young to get whooping cough shots have died when exposed to it. ...Read more

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Orthodontic spacers placed 4 days ago. Painful to chew, teeth sensitive, and pain wrapping around to front teeth now. Is this norm? What to do 4 pain?

Orthodontic spacers placed 4 days ago. Painful to chew, teeth sensitive, and pain wrapping around to front teeth now. Is this norm? What to do 4 pain?

Call orthodontist: Follow the instructions your orthodontist gave you. There is ususally some pain after spacers have been placed. Ibuprophen will help with the pain. Soft diet until you feel better. If the pain is more than you think it should be call your orthodontist and talk with them. ...Read more

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L endoscopic hernia repair. Pmh: mild l cerebral palsy. I had l spasms coming out of anesthesia. S/p 1 mo. I have a painful large 3rd testicle?

L endoscopic hernia repair. Pmh: mild l cerebral palsy. I had l spasms coming out of anesthesia. S/p 1 mo. I have a painful large 3rd testicle?

PostOp Seroma: It is very common for fluid to accumulate where the old hernia was immediately after surgery. It can feel just like a hernia but will not "yo-yo" in and out. Best option would be to see your surgeon in-person so they can examine you & reassure you that all is well. ...Read more

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How do you know if you broke your elboe?

How do you know if you broke your elboe?

Depends: You will not know for sure unless it is examined and x-rayed. However, the elbow & certain bones of the elbow are very unforgiving for a fracture and will usually limit significantly your range of motion in the elbow joint. There may or may not be swelling of sifnificance but there will be pain and limitation. If there is concern, see a pcp, urgent care center, orthopedist or er for exam & f/u. ...Read more

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How long does it take for treatment with tens units to start working?

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 more

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Do tens machines work particularly well for tmj?

No: Tens units "confuse" the brain in the perception of pain signals. Tens may or may not be helpful for many pain conditions but not for any particular painful condition. ...Read more

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Is it possible to replace a crown?

Is it possible to replace a crown?

Yes: Dental crowns are routinely replaced for a number of reasons. Some of the reasons on replacing a crown include recurrent decay, porcelain fracture, cosmetics, or infection. ...Read more

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