How TENS Can Help Relieve Diabetic Neuropathy Pain

Diabetes affects more than 30 million Americans, and more than half of people with diabetes have neuropathy, or nerve damage. Your nerves play a key role in the way your body functions. They send signals to and from your brain and control sensations, movement, and bodily function. 

When nerves get damaged, these signals are interrupted or changed. Depending on the type of nerve damage you have, it can cause loss of feeling in extremities, loss of function in organs, and chronic pain.

At Independent Physical Medicine, we understand the impact that chronic pain from neuropathy can have on your life. We offer pain management solutions, including transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation (TENS), to help you find lasting relief from your nerve pain and begin enjoying your life again. 

November is National Diabetes Month, so we thought this would be the perfect time to explain how TENS for diabetic neuropathy pain can improve your life. With this information, you can then schedule a consultation with us to find out if this therapy could be right for you.

Understanding diabetic nerve pain

Neuropathy is a common but serious complication of diabetes. If you have diabetes, your body has difficulty regulating the amount of sugar in your blood. As a result, blood sugar levels can get too high, and it’s this high blood sugar that can damage nerves throughout the body. 

There are different kinds of diabetic neuropathy, and they affect the nerves and the body differently. Peripheral neuropathy develops when nerves in your extremities get damaged. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy often include numbness or tingling in your hands or feet. 

Another type of diabetic neuropathy is autonomic neuropathy. If nerves in your autonomic nervous system suffer damage, bodily functions like heart rate, digestion, and sexual stimulation can be affected.

The two other common types of diabetic neuropathy are radiculoplexus neuropathy and focal neuropathy. These affect specific areas of the body or just one nerve.

Diabetic neuropathy often develops slowly over time. For some people, symptoms are mild. But for others, neuropathy can cause chronic, debilitating pain.

Finding neuropathy relief with TENS therapy 

TENS is a noninvasive method to relieve diabetic nerve pain. We often recommend TENS for patients with nerve pain in their hands or feet. Without the need for medication or more invasive techniques, TENS can help you manage your diabetic nerve pain.

The TENS system uses a small machine that’s connected to a series of electrodes. We place the electrodes on your skin in the areas you’re experiencing pain, and they deliver a controlled, low-voltage charge. 

This electrical charge works to calm nerve pain by stimulating the nerve fibers in the treatment area. Stimulation helps reduce the pain signals that are sent to your brain, effectively lowering the amount of pain that you feel.

The level of pain relief you experience and how long it lasts can vary. Everyone is different, so talk with our team to find out if you might benefit from TENS therapy.

Even if you’ve tried medication, surgery, or other types of therapy but you’re still suffering from neuropathy pain, TENS could be for you. TENS therapy can offer relief from diabetic neuropathy pain alone or combined with other treatment methods.

Chronic nerve pain doesn’t have to get in the way of enjoying your life. Find out more about TENS therapy by contacting us today.

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