TENS for piriformis and oburator internus

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TENS for piriformis and oburator internus

Postby Violet M » Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:14 am

Here is a description of where my physical therapist told me to place electrodes to calm down the obturator internus and the piriformis.

Obturator internus:

Place one electrode on the inner thigh near the crease between the thigh and perineum, place the other electrode on the abdomen just inside the pelvic bone. If you have a 4 channel TENS unit you can do this on both sides.

Piriformis:

Place one electrode on the side of the hip at the widest point of the hips. Place the other electrode on the lower back just to the side of the top of the sacrum.

I was told you should run the TENS unit for at least 2 hours a day to get the most benefit.

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PNE since 2002. Started from weightlifting. PNE surgery from Dr. Bautrant, Oct 2004. Pain now is usually a 0 and I can sit for hours on certain chairs. No longer take medication for PNE. Can work full time and do "The Firm" exercise program. 99% cured from PGAD. PNE surgery was right for me but it might not be for you. Do your research.
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Re: TENS for piriformis and oburator internus

Postby molly » Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:16 am

Thank you for that Violet, I shall start today.

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Re: TENS for piriformis and oburator internus

Postby Roger » Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:01 pm

Do you know what settings were used please?
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Re: TENS for piriformis and oburator internus

Postby river133 » Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:39 am

I have been using a tens unit for several years. My sciatic , pudendal
,pain never leave, from the time I get up in the am until the time I go to bed at night. Would you have any idea where I should be using the 4 electrodes. I just put them on my behind where sciatic pain is.
Surgery Jan.05 2011 TG with Dr Antalok. Dr.Chambi May of 2012 showed injury from a fall on back, 11 years ago. My piriformis muscle caused a large amount of fibrosis .My sciatic nerve was growing through the piriformis muscle which caused a bifid p.muscle. . Dr Chambi decompressed the sciatic,pudendal,pfcn ,and peroneal nerves. I hope to have a nuerostimulator put in to help with the sciatic pain that never goes away. Most days are better with the pudendal if I do not sit at all.
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Re: TENS for piriformis and oburator internus

Postby Violet M » Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:53 pm

Roger, I don't remember for sure what settings I used. On my TENS I think I set it anywhere from 14-20 but other makes and models of TENS units may be different. What worked best is to get it up to where you feel a tingling feeling that's sort of in the background -- not overwhelming.

Ellie, I can't say for sure where to put the electrodes for your type of sciatic pain. If it's due to the piriformis muscle pressing on the nerve then put them where I described above for the piriformis.

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