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Having low back pain. Can I use Tens Unit?

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Hello! Both hips have been replaced. I wonder if the Tens Unit can be used? I have low back pain going down into my right hip and leg.
Posted Fri, 7 Jun 2013 in Back Pain
Answered by Dr. Rahul D Chaudhari 2 hours later
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You can consider TENS after joint replacements.
It is usually contraindicated in following conditions-
If you have a loss of skin sensation or even decreased sensation. With altered sensation, there is a risk of turning the unit up too high and causing an injury.

If you have a cardiac pacemaker as the electrical signals could interfere with the pacemaker. Cardiac patients should not use TENS without their physician’s approval.
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