Nerve injuries (Acute / chronic)
For recent nerve injuries, use either programme 4, 5 or 8 (depending on how deep below the skin the injury is and how much pain is involved – higher programme for greater injury). Electrode placement as for other injuries in 1.1.
For older nerve injuries, use programme 3 or programme 6, depending on how much pain is experienced (programme 6 is the “stronger” programme). Electrode placement as above.
In cases of spinal cord injury or nerve palsy, place the black electrode on a limb below the injury site and the red electrode above the injury site, so that the current will flow along the nerve through the injury site. Programme 6 is recommended, once or twice daily. Nerve regrowth will be accelerated, but can still take 3 to 6 months, depending on a number of factors. The first symptoms of regrowth taking place is often a “pins and needles” feeling in the area supplied by the injured nerve.