Free Demo Day for BMC Patients:
Electrical Stimulation for Pain Relief
Boulder Medical Center physiatrist Elise Itano, MD, is sponsoring a free demo day for patients who would like to learn more about Electrical Stimulation (E-stim) technology and the Zynex NexWave device.
Dr. Itano routinely recommends E-Stim therapy as a drug-free, low-risk, non-invasive treatment for managing pain. She often uses and recommends the Zynex NexWave device, only available with a doctor’s prescription. “The Zynex device provides a high level of performance with regards to pain management,” she explains. “It is also capable of supporting re-education and strengthening of muscles.”
- Date: Friday, November 19
- Time: 8:00 am to Noon
- Where: BMC-Louisville | Avista
- Make an Appointment
- Open to established Boulder Medical Center patients only
- Patients must make an appointment in advance
- Call (303) 666-2651 to arrange a half-hour appointment. Also, a sign-up sheet is posted at Dr. Itano’s BMC-Louisville clinic
- Appointments are first-come, first-served
- All BMC COVID-10 protocols will be in place. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment
- This stimulator shall not be used on patients with cardiac conditions that require a pacemaker. Cardiologist approval is required.
About Chronic Pain and E-Stim Therapy
Chronic pain is among the most common medical conditions in the United States. In an article published in Pain, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Mass Eye and Ear reported that 50.2 million (20.5 percent) of American adults experience chronic pain.
The NexWave incorporates IFC, TENS & NMES in one easy-to-use device. These three proven modalities have been used for over 30 years to help patients manage their pain symptoms.
Interferential Current Therapy (IFC)
Interferential current therapy (IFC) sends a small amount of electrical stimulation to damaged tissues in the body. The electrical frequencies are proven to stimulate endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. IFC can boost the body’s natural process for responding to pain, increasing blood flow, and producing hormones that promote healing. This form of therapy can also help reduce inflammation and spasms. IFC Is 40 times stronger and more efficient than the average TENS unit.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) sends electrical pulses through the skin to start your body’s pain killers. The electrical pulses can release endorphins and other substances to stop pain signals in the brain.
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) sends low-frequency electrical current to nerves to excite and innervate the desired muscles. NMES can help strengthen muscles in a different way than active muscle movements. This means patients, even immobile ones, can retain, restore and strengthen muscles.
Are You a Candidate for Electrical Stimulation Therapy?
Zynex NexWave is classified as a Class Two medical device, which requires a prescription. This stimulator shall not be used on patients with cardiac conditions that require a pacemaker. Cardiologist approval is required. The therapy can be used to treat these conditions:
- Chronic & acute pain
- Post-surgery pain
- Low back pain
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Sports injuries
- Meniscus tear
- Spinal Stenosis
- Post ACL & MCL reconstruction
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome
- Hemiplegic shoulder subluxation
- Muscle atrophy
- Flexion and extension
- Ankle dorsiflexion
- Post-op femoral lengthening
- Edema reduction
- Pre- and post-surgical care joint replacement
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “One in five American adults experience chronic pain.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 20 April 2021. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210420092901.htm
- Robert Jason Yong, Peter M. Mullins, Neil Bhattacharyya. The prevalence of chronic pain among adults in the United States. Pain, 2021; Publish Ahead of Print DOI: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002291
Dr. Elise Itano’s area of interest is in musculoskeletal and spine injury. She cares for her patients by diagnosing and treating orthopedic disorders in the neck, spine, pelvis, arms, legs, hands and feet.
Her treatments include traditional and integrative techniques, as well as newer approaches such as using a patient’s own platelets and bone marrow to heal their injuries. When procedures are warranted, Dr. Itano uses ultrasound and fluoroscopic imaging to perform precise injections. She also believes in exercise as a medical and integrative approach to healing.
Dr. Itano is available for in-clinic and telemedicine appointments.
- Dr. Itano’s full profile
- Call (303) 440-666-2651
- Click Here to learn about telemedicine at Boulder Medical Center