How a TENS Unit Can Help With Phantom Limb Pain

Phantom limb pain is a condition that can cause people pain when they try to move or use their affected limb. TENS units are sometimes used to help relieve this type of pain.  They work by sending small electrical currents through the skin. These currents cause the muscle to release chemicals that reduce inflammation and pain.

What is Phantom Limb Pain?

Phantom limb pain is a severe, chronic pain in the absence of an actual physical injury to the limb. The pain can be so intense that it can interfere with daily activities and lead to depression. There is no known cause for phantom limb pain, and there is no cure. Treatment focuses on relieving the symptoms as much as possible.

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 How Can a TENS Unit Help With This Type of Pain?

Phantom limb pain is a condition that can occur after a limb has been amputated or after a limb is lost due to trauma. The pain can be intense and last for months or even years. Treatment for phantom limb pain typically includes medications and other treatments such as physical therapy.

But there is also another option available, which is using a TENS unit. A TENS unit is a device that uses electrical stimulation to relieve pain.

Studies have shown that using a TENS unit can be an effective treatment for phantom limb pain. The reason why TENS units are so effective is because they are able to send small amounts of electrical current through the skin to the nerves in the skin. This causes the nerves to start firing and this can help reduce the amount of pain felt.

What Are the Benefits of Using a TENS Unit for phantom Limb Pain?

A Tens unit is a device that is used to help reduce pain. There are many benefits to using a Tens unit for phantom limb pain. First, using a Tens unit can help improve your overall quality of life. Second, using a Tens unit can help reduce the amount of pain you feel.

Third, using a Tens unit can help speed up your recovery from phantom limb pain. Fourth, using a Tens unit can help increase your ability to function in your daily life.

Finally, using a Tens unit can help reduce the risk of developing chronic phantom limb pain

How to Use a TENS Unit for Phantom Limb Pain

TENS units are used to provide short-term relief from pain by sending electrical currents through the skin. They work by stimulating nerve endings and reducing pain signals sent to the brain.

There are a few things you need to know before using a TENS unit for phantom limb pain. First, it is important to determine if you have phantom limb pain in your remaining arm or leg. If so, you will need to find the specific TENS unit that is best suited for your needs. Second, it is important to be familiar with how to use the device. The following tips will help you get started:

To use a TENS unit, first locate the electrode pad on your body where you experience the most pain. Make sure that the electrodes are placed directly on your skin. Next , activate the unit by pressing the button. The electrodes will then start sending electrical current through your skin. You can adjust the intensity of the current by pressing the minus sign on the TENS unit. You can safely use a tens unit for 20-30 mins 3 times per day.

If you are using a TENS unit for phantom limb pain in your remaining arm, you will place the electrode pads where the pain is felt the most. The idea is to surround the pain with the electrode pads which will cut off the pain signals giving you instant relief from pain.

Remember that it is important to be patient and to use a TENS unit only as needed. You may need to experiment with different placements of the electrode pads to find the right location to deliver pain relief.

Where to Put TENS Pads for Phantom Limb Pain

There is no one answer to this question as tens pads can be used in a variety of different locations depending on the individual’s phantom pain symptoms. Ultimately, it is best to experiment and find what works best for you.

Here are some common TENS unit placements:

Lower Back

Shoulder

Neck

Stomach

To see a complete TENS unit placement chart click here.

Conclusion

A tens unit can be an effective way to help you deal with phantom limb pain. They are portable, affordable and easy to use. Its a great alternative to medications as it’s not addictive and can be purchased without a doctors prescription.