Feeling that old familiar tingle down your spine
No, we are not referring to you seeing your childhood sweetheart again – the subject of this article is TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation!
TENS is believed to work in a similar fashion to acupuncture and acupressure. Instead of a practitioner applying needles or hands-on pressure, here treatment comes in the form of a low electrical current which is supposed to stimulate endorphin production in the body and to interfere with the transmission of pain signals to the brain.
The treatment involves a mild electrical current being applied via a number of electrodes that are placed on a patient’s skin or close to the site where they experience pain. It is possible to rent or purchase a TENS machine from many pharmacies and often pain clinics or doctors will have them, too. Patients can adjust the controls on the TENS machine to regulate the strength of current, which should produce no more than a pleasant, mild tingling sensation during the 30 to 60 minute treatment cycle.
TENS treatment is used for a variety of painful conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lower back pain, headaches and pain after surgery.
What happens if you suffer an injury as a result of a faulty TENS machine?
It is unlikely that the average small handheld control unit with its pair of electrodes will seriously affect your health if a manufacturer’s fault should be present in the device. However, doctors at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital in London are treating patients by implanting a pain-relief device that delivers electrical impulses into the spinal cord in response to movement. The generated impulses serve to mask pain.
While the doctors at these hospitals have a proven track record of delivering pain relief and monitoring their patients, there are of course other hospitals where, sadly, medical negligence could result in a serious accident. What if the treatment masks pain that should have alerted doctors to a more serious underlying condition such as a cancerous tumour? What if the device is inserted incorrectly and causes spinal cord damage as a result?
Making a medical negligence claim with an accident solicitor in Cannock
Not every accident solicitor is willing to take on medical negligence claims, because they are complex and can involve several negligent parties, although ultimately, the hospital will be responsible. However, you and your accident solicitor in Cannock must first outline that your current condition and injuries were the result of something the hospital did wrong and that can be time-consuming and difficult to prove.
Speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993, if you cannot find an accident solicitor in Cannock willing to take on your medical negligence claim on a no win no fee basis; an Accident Advice Helpline advisor will give you an estimate of how much compensation you might win. All their legal partners offer no win no fee services.
There’s no obligation to go ahead with an injury claim, but you can base your decision on honest expert advice from the Accident Advice Helpline. Lines are available 24/7, just call when you’re ready to discuss compensation and justice.