Percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS) is a technique that uses acupuncture-like needle probes positioned in the soft tissues and/or muscles to stimulate peripheral sensory nerves at appropriate levels. Some believe that PENS may be more effective than TENS or exercise therapy in patients with persistent pain.
Thomas L. Whitten, MD
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How does ultrasound and TENS work to ease pain?
Challenge America answeredYour physical therapist may use alternative therapies such as ultrasound, TENS, and PENs to help ease pain. Ultrasound uses sound waves to help soothe painful muscles and tendons. It can be used to treat acute injuries to soft tissues or to treat soft tissue pain that has become chronic. It is safe when used by an experienced person and if you find relief can be continued. Your physical therapist can decide if ultrasound may be helpful for your situation.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Can I use ibuprofen instead of Dicyclomine for stomach pain?
MediGuard answeredThe ibuprofen may be making your stomach issues worse, as this drug can be very irritating to the stomach. Please follow up with your doctor to discuss your symptoms and your use of ibuprofen. Your doctor may want to prescribe a different medication or do further evaluation to find out the cause.
Will I have more mobility and pain issues as I age?
Challenge America answeredWith aging, most people face physical impairments, and amputees are no exception. You may get osteoarthritis, a progressive deterioration in the cartilage of certain joints, including the knee and vertebrae. Osteoarthritis can result from overuse of joints or it may be a consequence of demanding sports, obesity or aging. Another problem that can hinder mobility and cause more pain is osteoporosis, thinning of the bones or a decrease in bone density. As bones become thinner, they become easier to fracture or break. While an intact person may still be able to be active with degenerative diseases associated with aging, for someone who has lost a limb, these conditions can interfere with function and cause further limitations in mobility
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