TENS pad placement for a torn ligament
How a TENS machine can help you with a torn ligament
Ligaments are an essential part of our musculoskeletal system. Their function is to support the correct movement, prevent overstretching the joints and protect the capsules. Just one wrong move can affect the ligaments. It can cause a stretched, partial torn or torn ligament. Common symptoms are swellings, powerlessness and severe pain. If your ligaments are injured, for example during jogging, you should follow the RICE-Rule (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). If you still feel the complaints after a few days, you should visit a doctor, who can give you a precise diagnosis. Some torn ligaments can be treated conservative, but some require surgery. TENS can help you to relieve pain, if a conservative treatment is possible.
In stimulation current therapy, electrical impulses are transmitted to the skin with the help of the TENS machine via electrode pads. There are two effects of pain relief with TENS. With high frequency, the transmission of the pain to your brain can be blocked, so you won’t perceive the pain. With low frequency, a TENS machine stimulates your body externally to release endorphins and as a result relieve your pain. TENS also increases blood flow. Beside a treatment against a torn ligament, a targeted strengthening of the muscles, for example with an EMS machine, can prevent injuries. Our TENS EMS combo machine STIM-PRO X9 offers both options.
Our TENS machine and electrode pads recommendation
The correct TENS electrode pad placement for a torn ligament
There are different areas where a torn ligament can occur, so we want to give you an example for the pad placement on the knee joint. For the correct electrode pad placement for other locations visit our TENS application overview. Generally we recommend using our special point pain electrode pad against joint pain. If you have further questions about specific pad placements, you are welcome to use our contact form.
TENS treatment with a torn ligament
Program recommendation for a torn ligament
For TENS EMS machines from axion, we recommend the following programs for pain therapy
TENS EMS Combo Machine STIM-PRO X9
The program P01 is generally used here.
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TENS Machine STIM-PRO T-400
The program P01 is generally used here.
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TENS Machine STIM-PRO COMFORT
The program P02 is generally used here.
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The current strength should be set so that it is felt as a pleasant tingling sensation. The duration of the application should be approx. 40 minutes in order to be able to achieve a lasting reduction in pain. It is also useful to change the programs every now and then.
Combination of TENS and thermotherapy
With thermotherapy you can increase the effect of your TENS treatment against a torn ligament. You can distinguish heat therapy from cold therapy.
Heat therapy: Promotes blood flow and relax the muscles. Is suited for chronic diseases like arthrosis or muscular tensions.
Cold therapy: Is suited for quick measures against injuries or joint inflammation to alleviate pain.
Joint-gentle workout with EMS
The ligaments are located in the area of the joints, to ensure their mobility. With a torn ligament the mobility of the affected area is limited, so the surrounding muscles were not used frequently and muscle mass degenerates. After a period of immobilisation, you can start with rehabilitation.As an option to strengthen your muscles in this phase, electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is often recommended. So how can EMS help you to train joint-gentle?
The brain sends impulses to a muscle which causes the muscle to work. An EMS machine generates artificial stimulation of the muscle by the use of low frequency electrical pulses that stimulate the nerves located beneath the skin. That leads to a reaction of the targeted muscles. The muscle is unable to distinguish between an impulse from the brain or one that comes from outside. The muscle reacts with a contraction in both cases and uses up energy. Because of the stimulation current, you don’t have to use additional weights to contract your muscles and because of that, EMS is known as joint-gentle. Workouts with an EMS machine can be ideal for people with joint pain or certain diseases like arthrosis or rheumatism. Our TENS EMS combo machine STIM-PRO X9 offers many pre-installed programs and also can be adjusted manually to your personal requirements.
EMS workout despite an injury
If your movement is limited due to an injury, the result is often a degeneration of muscle mass of the affected areas. With EMS training you can strengthen your muscles in a targeted way without stressing the ligaments and joints extensively. This can lead to a faster recovery. In our EMS training overview, you will find the ideal application for your requirements.
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Studies and scientific sources
 Ortu, E., Pietropaoli, D., Mazzei, G., Cattaneo, R., Giannoni, M., & Monaco, A. (2015). TENS effects on salivary stress markers: A pilot study. International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology, 114–118. https://doi.org/10.1177/0394632015572072
 Cramp, Gilsenan, Lowe & Walsh. (2000). The effect of high- and low-frequency transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation upon cutaneous blood flow and skin temperature in healthy subjects. Clinical Physiology, 20(2), 150–157. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2281.2000.00240.x