A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit is a machine that sends low-voltage electrical currents to specific body parts for the purpose of pain reduction or elimination. TENS devices are used to treat a variety of conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, and headaches.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation can result in instantaneous and prolonged pain relief. Many patients report permanent pain relief after repeated treatments, but effectiveness depends on the condition being treated and the intensity of treatment.
The Empi 300 PV is an electrotherapy device that produces a mild electrical current to a targeted muscle for the purpose of muscle stimulation. It has wide-ranging capability to be used as a NMES (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation), TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), or FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation) machine. As a NMES device, some of the uses for the Empi 300 include maintaining or increasing range of motion, re-educating muscles, relaxation of muscle spasm, and increasing local blood circulation. As a TENS unit, the Empi 300 is indicated for the relief and management of chronic pain and an adjunctive treatment for post-surgical and post-trauma pain. As a FES, the Empi 300 is used for leg and ankle stimulation of partially paralyzed patients to increase flexion of the foot and improvement of gait.
Both the TENS unit and Empi 300 are available for rent through Turning Point Physical Therapy for $20 for a 7-day rental. Contact the front office if you are interested in either of these products.