What is Empi TENS?

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Generic name: Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation

Empi TENS is an electrical stimulation product. This treatment modality utilized by physical therapists uses an electrical current to cause a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract. This contraction helps strengthen injured muscles and promotes healing.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 44 12
Fibromyalgia 14 3
Muscle aches 6 3
Pain in shoulder(s) 6 2
Pain in lower back 5 3
Back pain 4 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 19

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Empi TENS

Side effect Patients
Shooting pain 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently having Empi TENS

Dosage Patients
as needed 8
daily 3
twice daily 1
weekly 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 11
Usually 6
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 4
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 1
< $25 6
Not specified 10
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5 patient evaluations for Empi TENS

May 17, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pinched nerve in neck)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I find it helps when I've over used my right arm. Pinched nerve is on the right side of my neck and gets irritated if I over use that arm.

  • 0 helpful marks

May 5, 2011 (Started Apr 19, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: This doesn't heal the pain or make it go away long term but it does interupt the pain cycle and give me some much needed relief. I would recomend this to anyone who has chronic pain! The unit cost me $450, I don't pay that monthly but there is no option for a once only expense.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Apr 19, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed

Aug 20, 2010 (Started Apr 19, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: It's inconvenient and takes a few minutes to attach the machine, but when the pain is unbearable it is great to have around. It doesn't cure anything but it temporarily interupts pain signals for a break from the pain.

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 25, 2009 (Started Aug 24, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle aches)
  • Side effects
    Mild (shooting pain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: focus on small areas at a time, placing these pads on the muscle part in a rectangle shape, pads in each corner. Then plug in making the X with the wires. start out low first!!
Side effects: shooting pain

  • 0 helpful marks
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