Electrical Stimulation For Low Back Pain

Treatment Ratings

R

RISK: 5/5

There are a number of contraindications for TENS or IF, including:
  • DVT or thrombophlebitis
  • Hemorrhagic conditions
  • Pregnancy
  • Eyes, anterior neck, carotid sinus, head, reproductive organs
  • Impaired cognition or communication
  • Regenerating nerves
  • Cardiac failure (local)
  • Damaged or at-risk skin (local)
  • Infection or tuberculosis (local)
  • Malignancy (local)
  • Recently radiated tissue (local)
  • Electronic device (local)
  • Impaired sensation (local)

Other risks of both therapies include skin reactions or sensitivity, especially to the electrodes used.If the current is turned up too high, it can be painful. Overall, TENS and IF are considered generally safe.

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