electrical stimulation

I was wondering if with pacemaker you are allowed to have the electical stimulation that they use when they do physical therapy? I am a bit confused because I know you cant use a TENS unit, is that considered the same thing?


Dr's orders

by Smart Redd - 2009-07-13 07:07:03

You have to go with doctor's orders, but I did have TENS therapy after my ICD implant. The therapy was on very low back pain. I had no problems at all (other than a sore back) with TENS there.

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by Lizzie - 2009-07-13 08:07:09

I have used a very small tens unit for back pain for years. Would love to use it now (severe back pain radiating down leg).
Both my cardio and the technician said they did not know if I could use my little tens.
Not sure where this leaves me,
Do I just try it and see what happens?

electrical stimulation

by verger - 2009-07-14 09:07:22

you normally can call up the maker of your device on that card you should be carrying with you and ask.
they have tech teams for these questions.


by tjarcelin - 2009-07-15 11:07:25

I have had my pacer for 9 years and have gradually developed a back problem. During therapy I have had the e-stim on my low back with no problem. I never checked with the cardiologist, but the PT and chiropractor said it is not be a problem. If it was near the pacer site, that may be a different situation.

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