There is no reference in medical literature to the effects of TENS on implants, other than pacemakers.

The signal from TENS only penetrates about 1cm below the skin’s surface and contains only a tiny amount of energy (just enough to persuade a nerve to send a signal), therefore there should be no side effects.

However, if you are uncertain of using a TENS machine on an area in which you have a metal implant, please seek advice from your medical practitioner.

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TensCare

TensCare

Hi Pavithra,
I can confirm that TENS can be used on intact skin overlying implants containing metal.

Pavithra

Pavithra

Is it safe to use legs when TKR done 6 years back?

TensCare

TensCare

Hi Annie,

There is no reference in medical literature to the effects of TENS on implants, other than pacemakers.

The signal from TENS only penetrates about 1cm below the skin’s surface and contains only a tiny amount of energy (just enough to persuade a nerve to send a signal), therefore there should be no side effects.

However, if you are uncertain of using a TENS machine on an area in which you have a metal implant, please seek advice from your medical practitioner.

Thanks

Annie Gabovitch

Annie Gabovitch

Hello! Back in February of 23’ I shattered my elbow in four places, since then I have had two surgeries and metal plates and pins throughout my elbow. I have constant joint pain and limited function of my arm. I am hoping TENS will work on my elbow without any negative repercussions.

TensCare

TensCare

Hi Mandy,

The general consensus according to the physiotherapy Canada, is that there are no issue with simple metal implants.

We advise that tens isn’t until 6 weeks after surgery. So as long as the tissue has relatively healed you should be fine to use.

TensCare

Mandy

Mandy

Is it safe to use the TensCare itouch Sure – Pelvic Floor Exerciser if you have a metal Rod and screws in your hip please.

TensCare

TensCare

Dear Sue Martinez,

I can confirm that TENS is safe to use and will not have any affect on metal pins.

sue martinez

sue martinez

Is it safe to use if you have a metal pin in the toe

Joy

Joy

Hi! I have pain due to my right rotator cuff tear and wanted to use TENS but I have a Metal ( titanium) Biopsy Marker /clip on my right breast.! Your advice please. Thank you.

Prajjwal Singh

Prajjwal Singh

Hi Prajjwal,
I have sent a response to your question via email.
Many thanks

Prajjwal Singh

Prajjwal Singh

Is IFT is safe to use in metal implant patient.

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