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The pads are made that way so they can be used over many times.
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When they lose their stickiness the connection is not as strong. One thing I was told when this starts to happen is to wrap an ace bandage around the pads for a better connection. If you are like me, I get more pads than I can use becaue I'm very frugle with them. I love my TENs.
You might try shaving the hair off the area you place the pads if that is the problem. They do ouchie anyway.
if used on your back the pads can be replaced by a velcro waist type band that contains the electrodes in them and in contact with the skin so you jsut plug in the leads and wrap around you like a belt. Comp will generally pay for it and if not the company will usually jsut give one to you as they last a year or more so cheaper than all those pads.
Some of them even come with a little alcohol wipe. I know mine has just started coming with them lately. I think it may at least take the glue off your arm or where ever you are placing them. But yes, they do need to stick good in order to work well as once they do not stick good you do not get the full effect. I have even found I get bruises all over my arms from taking them off after.
thanks gang, I am very wide in my shoulders and have trouble putting them on for lower back so my wife helps me.
So Cycler thanks for the belt idea that will give me some self conf and dont need to bother the wife. thanks again..........Bronco
Since you brought up a TENS unit question, i would like to ask another.
We have a TENS unit but it didn't really hep with the pain, the Pain Mgmt Specialist has now ordered an IF TENS unit ( inferrential I believe it stands for) this is suppose to work much better than our regular TENS unit did. We recieved it from the medical equip comp but still waiting for an appt with someone to show us how to use it and set it up.
The injury its prescribed for are spinal compression fractures at T11 & T12 - a little over 2 years ago.
Has anyone had experience with an IF TENS unit vs a regular TENS unit?
I never heard of it. Mine is a very tiny machine that you can carry or hook onto a belt buckle or pants and has settings for different parts of your body. It is a empy ( name brand) machine. I love my machine and love to sit back for a good 20 mins. a day and use it. It takes the pain out of my head for a little while. The PT dept. requested my OCC doctor to write a script so that I could own one at home to use. They are around 900.00 because I saw the receipt sent to me. I get a call about every 3 months from the sales rep. asking if I need any pads, batteries ( rechargeable) or any leads. It is a wonderful thing to own. I would be lost without it.
I have never heard of it either but heck I'm new to the tens unit. At pt they asked me if it was working and I said I'm undecided.
1. it feels good over the area once i get the pads placed right.
2. I drive alot 6-8 hrs aday in and out at least 30 times, I keep having to adjust the wires.
3. even though it feels good I can still feel the pain like a dull toothache pain constantly.
4. when it feels good I almost forget about the pain and that helps.
I guess I need to try it longer to see if I bennefit from it. But if I can get any relief or get my mind of the pain it is worth it.
Now I have to share my pt's oppinion. they dont fix the prob, they are a pain to put on, they are to expensive and 90% of people return them. I'm like OK Ok I get your point mine was supposed to be rented for a 30 day trial then if it worked for me wc was going to buy it.
Well not in my pt eyes so he gets me one of thiers and says take ours here is some new pads try it for a few days. Says no reason to open a new 1 and your just going to return it anyways. Well he is a conservative & trying to save wc a little money and there is nothing wrong with that but when I get home and put mine through the test a slip of paper comes out of the case.
And yes my conservative pt has now become a crook I found that mine was registered to a patient back in 2007 and paid $734.00. Now with that in mind I will not accept any open tens unit if I need 1. And if I dont need 1 I will sure as heck tell my adjuster not to pay for 1................ LOL. Bronco