Does it electrical stimulation hurt?

No. The intensity of the stimulation is easily modifiable and ultimately will only be as much as you, the patient, can tolerate. Typically, electrical stimulation will feel tingly or prickly (some patients describe it as a comforting “pins and needles” sensation). Sometimes when used for muscle strengthening, the intensity level can be high and somewhat uncomfortable, but it should never cause pain.

What are the benefits?

Pain control and reduction is probably the most common cause for electrical stimulation usage. Additionally, it can provide a variety of beneficial healing effects, including:
· Increase local circulation
· Decrease swelling
· Improve range of motion
· Reduce muscle spasms
· Improve motor coordination
· Provide neuromuscular re-education
· Prevent or reverse muscle atrophy (especially after prolonged immobilization, such as a limb being cast as a fracture heals.)