Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) is a form of passive exercise that passes a low-level electrical current through a muscle to cause a painless contraction. It is used for both conservative management and postoperative treatment of orthopedic and neurological conditions.

NMES is used to:

  • prevent muscle atrophy
  • strengthen muscle
  • re-educate muscle
  • reduce edema
  • reduce muscle spasm

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), another type of electrotherapy used for pain relief and edema, is similar to NMES but uses different frequencies to achieve pain relief. In our practice, we prefer to use low level laser therapy because it does not require additional shaving.

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