Your chance of experiencing chronic back pain that interferes with daily life is good. And while back pain might seem like an “older person’s” issue, younger people often struggle with back pain, too. Regardless of your age, you need relief. Interferential electrical stimulation is a safe and drug-free option you may want to consider.
Our expert team at Arundel Medical Group, Inc. in Glen Burnie, Maryland, provides this non-invasive therapy for chronic pain and acute injuries as a form of natural pain relief and enhanced healing. If you’re bothered by back pain, read on to learn more.
How interferential electrical stimulation works
Interferential electrical stimulation uses low-frequency electrical pulses to stimulate your nervous system to relieve pain and promote healing. The pulses block nerves from sending pain signals to your brain, so you’ll experience less pain. They also enhance cellular repair in your body, prompting natural healing processes.
During each session, our team will attach pads containing electrodes to your skin in target areas. Once the stimulation begins, you might notice a subtle tingling sensation. Gradually, our team will increase the stimulation level, checking in with you throughout to make sure you stay comfortable.
While you may notice reduced pain after a single session, many people benefit most from a series of treatments. Interferential electrical stimulation can be used as a single treatment or as part of an overall plan, including other treatments, like chiropractic care, physical therapy, or medication.
Interferential electrical stimulation for back pain
Interferential electrical stimulation can treat a range of conditions associated with chronic back pain, including back injuries, osteoarthritis, and sciatica. And research shows that this treatment may work better than or enhance the effectiveness of other care.
In a study involving 64 adults with chronic low back pain, two weeks of interferential electrical stimulation treatment brought on significantly more short-term improvements in perceived pain and function compared to “usual” treatments, such as medication.
Good candidates for interferential current stimulation
Interferential electrical stimulation is safe for most people. You may be an optimal candidate if you wish to avoid or can’t tolerate surgery, prefer drug-free treatment, want to cut back on medication, or haven’t found enough relief through other care. We may recommend different treatment options if you’re pregnant or have a pacemaker.
To learn more about interferential electrical stimulation for back pain or to get the care you need, call our office or request an appointment on our website.