Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein. This condition is most common in the legs but it can also affect the arms and other areas of the body. Part of the blood clot may break off and travel to the lungs, resulting in life-threatening pulmonary embolism (PE). DVT and PE are particularly common after surgery and prolonged periods of inactivity such as long-haul flights and hospitalisation. In Australia, DVT and PE caused more deaths during 2003 than all transport accidents and falls combined. The close relationship between the two conditions has resulted in a combined abbreviation; VTE, or venous thromboembolism.
You can also reduce your risk by maintaining a healthy weight, being active, and following your doctor's recommendations based on your individual risk factors. If the PainPod is approved by your doctor, use PainPod Circulation Slippers or Conductive Therapy Socks while sitting or standing still to potentially increase circulation throughout your body.
Among people with DVT, it is estimated that up to 50% will have long-term complications from the condition. In order to stop clots from forming, Dr Masahiko Ikeuchi and his colleagues hypothesized that TENS might be a thromboprophylactic tool for the limb undergoing surgery (1). They also assessed the safety factors behind using TENS during surgery.
Ninety patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty were randomly allocated to the TENS group or the control group. The TENS group received electrical stimulation which caused the foot to flex back during surgery. The control group was not treated with TENS during surgery.
The occurrence of DVT was 31% in the control group of patients. In the TENS group, only 11% of the patients showed signs of DVT after surgery. In this study, TENS during surgery significantly reduced the risk of developing DVT. According to Dr Masahiko Ikeuchi, intraoperative TENS is a safe and innovative strategy to combat the formation of postoperative blood clots.
The PainPod is ideal for people who are at risk of developing DVT. Our TENS and EMS technology can benefit people in a number of ways:
The PainPod is a drug-free method to relieve pain and improve recovery time from sports and injury. Speak to your doctor today about incorporating the PainPod into your treatment plan for the prevention of DVT. If you already have DVT, it is crucial that you consult with your healthcare professional before using any form of TENS technology.
For more information regarding the use of the PainPod for prevention of DVT, contact our team at PainPod Australia.
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