TENS machine for arthritis

Bleatarn Member Posts: 11
edited 11. Feb 2011, 12:56 in Living with Arthritis archive

I am a 45 year old and have been given a TENS machine to test by my physio and wonder whether anybody else has tried this and whether it was successful in dealing with the pain. I have OA in the hips, but have lower back problems, which I am sure are caused with the way I have to walk to compensate for my OA.



  • caterina57
    caterina57 Member Posts: 1,424
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Some years ago my mother used a Tens machine for arthritis in her knees she found it beneficial - must look to see if I still have it
  • constable
    constable Member Posts: 2,115
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi there, you will have to let me know as well. I have severe arthritis is my left hips and arthritis in the lower back and I am 51. My husband reckons that a tens machine would really help, if I get mine first, will let you know, and same for you.

    Karen xx
  • Bookseverywhere
    Bookseverywhere Member Posts: 196
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello, I used a Tens machine provided by the physio for a while. It did give some relief, but I found the effect wore off quite quickly. However, different things work for different people, so give it a go - and I hope it works wonders for you.

    Best wishes,
  • lindalegs
    lindalegs Member Posts: 5,393
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Graham,

    I'm a rheumatoid and I bought a TENS machine from Boots a couple of years ago and find it helps me. :grin: It's always worth a try especially as you've been loaned one.
    Love, Legs x
    'Make a life out of what you have, not what you're missing'
  • skezier
    skezier Member Posts: 11,333
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Graham,

    Welcome to the forums and to posting.

    I used to use one for my back for years and it dd help but now its kinda not helping and can actually make it hurt more. not cus the tens is bad but cus the back has deteriorated beyond its reach.

    Try it and with luck it will help you. nice to meet you. Cris x
  • chris7
    chris7 Bots Posts: 2,696
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Graham

    I used a Tens machine for the OA in my hip many moons ago and did find it helped while it was on, but it gave me no lasting effect so was a tad frustrating when it finished it's cycle! I do know someone who uses it for their back and finds it does help so since your physio has suggested it give it a whirl and let us know how you get on. Hope it helps for you.