TENS unit recommendations
September 8, 2016 4:05 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for recommendations for a TENS unit, and the last question from AskMe is from '05. My PT recommended it to reduce inflammation and get fluid moving in my legs. I'm not sure where to start. They range in price from $20 to $80 and I have no idea how to evaluate the specs or what to look for. I'd like to make an informed choice. Any recommendations for specific brands or units are welcome, as are any tips for choosing one. TIA!
posted by onecircleaday to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I have an epulse and LOVE it. However, it is one of the more expensive models. Any chance there is a golfing or other sports show near you anytime soon? I've noticed that epulse and the other major competition are often there. One recommendation is to make sure you get the snap on electrodes since those are fairly easy to find and replace. It has truly been a life saver for me.
posted by OkTwigs at 6:22 PM on September 8, 2016

When I got a TENS unit, my PT recommended a particular model.
posted by radioamy at 7:22 PM on September 8, 2016

Did your PT try TENS on you in the office to see if it helped at all?
posted by radioamy at 7:22 PM on September 8, 2016

I bought this one almost a year ago for Mr. Superna's mid back pain and my upper back pain, and we have been very happy with it. It uses a 9v battery and standard electrodes. Compared to the IcyHot device we had previously that took coin-cell batteries and pricey proprietary electrode pads, this one is stronger, more economical, has more options and is easier to use.

Per a recommendation in one of the reviews, also bought better electrode pads plus some gel which makes the pads sticky again so they last way longer.
posted by superna at 8:25 PM on September 8, 2016

I can second superna's recommendation above. I have the same one and it's been great.
posted by ZureaL at 3:45 AM on September 9, 2016

A question on this topic from a couple of months ago.
posted by Mr.Know-it-some at 5:17 AM on September 9, 2016

My insurance paid for mine when my pain doctor recommended it for me! I ended up paying $35 for a ~$200 model.
posted by fiercecupcake at 9:36 AM on September 9, 2016

I can't speak to the quality of this one since I haven't gotten it in the mail yet, but I ordered this one off of eBay for $5. Not sure yet whether that's a total bargain or if I'm going to be out $5.
posted by helloimjennsco at 10:48 AM on September 9, 2016

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