The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment: Treating Neuropathy With TENS

Posted by on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013


Neuropathy (nerve damage) is traditionally a difficult condition to treat. However, some patients report success with Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, which can be performed at our NYC Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.

A TENS device works by delivering mild electric impulses to the nerves. This increased activity may block pain signals from reaching the brain and agitate the nerves’ natural endorphin release. While there aren’t many high-quality studies touting TENS therapy as an effective treatment for neuropathy pain, many of our patients do find relief from this FDA-approved medical device.


What TENS Can Do

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation can…

– Reduce acute pain symptoms by up to 95% within four weeks.

Encourage the body to release its own natural pain reliever, endorphins.

Block the number of pain signals sent to the brain to reduce the perception of pain.

– Lessen your dependence on prescription pain relief medications.

You may use Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation along with other therapies such as medication or acupuncture to improve your day-to-day chronic pain levels. Some people find that this is what they desire most, especially when nerve pain or loss of feeling is disturbing their sleep and day-to-day activities.

What TENS Cannot Do

Unfortunately, TENS therapy is not a long-term “cure” for the problem of damaged nerves. Unfortunately, there is no way to repair the nerves once they have sustained severe damage from continuously elevated blood sugar levels. Some say that early intervention, diet and exercise can make a difference in halting nerve injury and perhaps even reversing some of what has been done. At our clinic, our goal is to decrease your pain and make your daily life as manageable as possible.


How To Get TENS Treatment For Diabetic Neuropathy

The type of TENS unit we use here at the clinic costs around $800. However, there are also portable units in the $50 – $150 range. Medicare / Medicaid and some insurers may cover the rental cost of a portable TENS unit. They may also cover a portion of the cost for your clinical visits. We understand how stressful it can be to figure the cost aspect out on your own. So please do not hesitate to call our Manhattan office at (212) 996-1900 or our White Plains office at (914) 328-3400 to discuss the cost of TENS treatment for neuropathy, as well as types of payment arrangements we accept.


If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.