Update: Surviving knee pain as a runner with the OMRON Focus TENS Therapy for Knee drug-free pain relief

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OMRON TENS THERAPY for knees drug free pain relief

This is an update on Mr. B’s experience with the OMRON FocusTENS Therapy for KNEE drug-free pain relief and why the device is an important member of his training team.

I first introduced you to the OMRON Focus TENS Therapy for Knee in a post about the challenges Mr. B faces as a trail runner with arthritis.

OMRON TENS THERAPY FOR Knees drug free pain relief

After that post ran almost a year ago, he became a serious contender to run the Ultramarathon at Tejas Trail’s Bandera Endurance Trail Run in Bandera, Texas where the terrain includes hills and rocks.  He knew his age and physical condition were not in his favor. His MRI revealed deterioration to the ACL, a slight tear in the meniscus and osteoarthritis. In short, the cartilage in his right knee is gone.  So many marvel at his determination to trail run, and only runners can understand the passion.  

OMRON TENS Therapy for knees drug free pain relief

He began training last summer and the OMRON Focus TENS Therapy for Knee was a daily member of his training team.  His profession keeps him in front of a computer for hours on end and using the TENS while he works has been of great benefit. 

“I give the OMRON TENS unit credit for helping me to stand strong pain free,” he said. “With my multiple problems in the knee area, it helps to have constant stimulation in order to keep going. After a morning run, I immediately deal with the pain by strapping on the unit as I sit down to work.”

OMRON TENS Therapy for knees drug free pain relief

As OMRON tells us, “Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most prevalent joint disease and a leading source of chronic pain and disability in the United States. Focus TENS Therapy for Knee from OMRON delivers proven and effective TENS technology to alleviate chronic, acute* and arthritic pain to the lower extremities of the leg.

TENS stands for transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation, and it’s a drug-free pain therapy that has been administered by physical therapists for over 40 years to alleviate chronic, acute and arthritic pain. TENS technology works by sending stimulating pulses across the surface of the skin and along nerve strands. Scientific research suggests that TENS may help block pain signals from reaching the brain, trigger the body to release endorphins which act as natural painkillers, and improve blood circulation. While this therapy had only been available in healthcare professional’s offices previously, OMRON was the first to develop FDA-cleared TENS devices for use at-home.”

OMRON TENS Therapy for knees for drug free pain relief

For someone who loves running, the TENS unit has been a critical member of his training team.  We can only imagine the pain he has endured as he worked toward this goal.  He went to the running park three times a week at 6:07am and would run 6 miles during the week and 8-10 miles on the weekend. The distance was determined by the amount of knee pain he could endure.  With assistance the Focus TENS Therapy for Knee device offers for drug-free pain management, it helped him to endure more.

I am sure many of you have heard that Texas has experienced winter this year…in ways we lack preparation to endure.  The first serious cold snap was the day of this race.  Despite the freezing temps, snow, sleet, rain, and excessive ankle-deep mud, the race was not canceled.

OMRON TENS Therapy for KNEES drug free pain relief

Mr. B, who recently turned 63, endured miles of mud, frozen fingers, the onset of hypothermia, and utter exhaustion, to finish the race! It took 11 hours to reach the 31.2 mile finish line

To complete an endurance race it takes no talent but sheer determination and a great team:

  1. A running partner, Bill (a retired Marine who won’t let you quit)
  2. Healthy eating habits and supplements
  3. A very understanding orthopedic surgeon who tolerates runner insanity
  4. Foot care and a great pedicure provider
  5. A supportive family
  6. And, yes, the OMRON Focus TENS THERAPY for Knee.

The morning following the race, Mr. B rolled out of bed declaring…. he would never run again.  That lasted about five days and has everything to do with callous on the brain. He acknowledges that a knee replacement is likely but that’s not what’s on his mind.

He knows that this trail awaits his return!

OMRON TENS Therapy for knees drug free pain relief

Remember, if you are experiencing knee pain from osteoarthritis, there is drug-free assistance, try the OMRON FOCUS TENS THERAPY for KNEES at this link today and use the promo code OVER50TENS for exclusive savings!  And, of course,

KEEP SMILING!

By Pamela Lutrell

 

Disclaimer:  I am compensated for this post, but the words are my own…and, of course, Mr. B’s!

Images of the Bandera Endurance Trail Run were from the 2020 race.  The 2021 weather conditions made it close to impossible to get good images.  These images allow you to appreciate the terrain and the Texas beauty.

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10 Comments

  1. This is interesting to me, and I remember when you first mentioned it. It’s good to hear an update. My son has these conditions due to his occupation so I’ve been waiting to hear Mr. B’s results. His ortho surgeon must be very understanding, and that has to help. One question for you, does masking the pain (which is the goal, of course) allow for further damage without being aware? That’s quite a feat he accomplished in that race (makes me tired just thinking about it!!!) I’m going to tell my son about this because he is also thinking he will have to have a knee replacement also. He’s already had the meniscus surgery. Thank you for the update and congratulations to Mr. B on his run!!

  2. I used a similar stimulating mechanical 9 years ago post knee surgery and horrid adhesions? I could bend the knee but not extend fully . The jolts of power helped immensely! Once used to it the bit of pain from the electric jolts (?) it became lije second nature. Glad he’s on his way! I’ve never had a replacement but regular open knee surgery. Fine now! This was when I was 65, and im 74 now. Keep moving is my advice.

  3. I was just recently thinking about your Mr. B and his use of the TENS unit that you talked about some time ago. I appreciate your follow up, and knowing how much it has helped him with his determination to continue to be so active. I admire his fortitude and mind set . I recently saw my orthopedic doctor who says I no longer have any cushion between the bones on my right knee so my choices are an injection which may or may not work, a replacement, or deal with the pain. I’m choosing to deal with the pain, but will definitely investigate this unit your husband uses. Thank you for the update. Tell Mr. B he has many fans out here in the social media lands!

  4. Such dedication and discipline! With that said; your husband is certainly to be applauded and am happy that the device is proving beneficial to him. -Brenda-

  5. I have a similar knee problem. I have a torn meniscus, osteoarthritis, and not much cartilage left due to previous surgeries. My knee has been swollen for 15 years. Since I’m able to walk for an hour with a light brace, surgeons wouldn’t help me. How long and often do you use your tens machine every day. You have given me new hope!

    1. Hi Judy, he walks or runs three times a week. On those days, he uses the Tens to lighten the pain from the exercise and he straps it on while working at his desk…for sometimes an hour or until he knows it needs a charge. Hope that helps! Use my savings code if you buy one . Type in OVER50TENS at checkout.

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