Care Med Choice markets pain management solutions that include a Class II medical device that is approved and licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration, SA Department of Health, and Conformité Européenne. Side effects entailed to a TENS unit are very rare; however, our devices cannot be used by any individual impacted by the following medical conditions:
- Pacemaker and Severe Heart Disorders
It is possible that TENS therapy can interfere with an implanted medical device. You should avoid any TENS unit if you have a pacemaker or heart disease. Electrical currents generated from TENS units can interfere with the functionality of the pacemaker which can possibly ruin the implanted device and can put yourself at risk.While some pacemakers are made safe with TENS therapy, it’s best to speak to a healthcare professional before trying the device.
If you’re pregnant or think you’re going to get pregnant, you should avoid using a TENS unit. To be clear, pregnant women are not at risk when opting for electrotherapy. But the effects of TENS therapy to an unborn child can pose risks which is why you should avoid it.You may use electrotherapy under the supervision of your practitioner. However, even with this intention, you should avoid it during the first and second trimester. Also, never place the electrodes above the uterus.
- Epilepsy and Seizures
While the research is still inconclusive, there is a possibility that electrical currents can trigger epileptic episodes and seizures. Some medical professionals warn to avoid it while others suggest practicing caution.For safety reasons, do not use them to avoid any episodes.
TENS therapy influences the circulatory system which can causes issues within the lymphatic system and can cause additional fluid retention. Because lymphedema compromises the skin’s integrity and causes swelling, it is advisable to only use TENS units on healthy skin.
- Cochlear Implant
Electrical currents from TENS devices can adjust the frequency of your cochlear implants resulting for a re-tune. Simply put, this can alter the cochlear implant’s maps. A medical professional will have to reprogram them leaving you deaf for the time being.
Side-effects to TENS therapy is rare, but if you have any conditions mentioned above, you should not use electrotherapy devices. You should also avoid it if you have the following:
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Cancer or are recovering from cancer
- Any electronic implanted device
- Plates in your body and/or titanium screws and/or pins
Important: Never place gel pads or accessories directly on your heart or the temple region on either side of your head. If you are unsure, please, consult with your doctor before using our device.