One new study has shown that high-frequency spinal cord stimulation (SCS) may be just on the horizon to treat chronic back pain. This treatment involves implanting electrodes near the spine, which deliver mild electrical impulses generated by a pacemaker-like device embedded just under the skin. The stimulation can mask pain signals. High-frequency SCS uses 10kHz of power to treat patients who have been unable to find relief from chronic back pain.
As a treatment, high-frequency spinal cord stimulation can offer people a cost-effective treatment at lower lifetime healthcare cost with better long-term outcomes. Many times, neuropathic pain is caused by nerve tissue and is responsible for 30% to 65% of activity seen at pain management clinics.
Likewise, some patients who had not responded to stimulation in the past responded to the newer 10kHz treatments with greater success. In one study in New Jersey, patients were provided with two epidural leads that spanned C2 to C6 vertebrae for those with upper limb pain and T8 to T11 vertebrae for lower limb pain in a total of 26 patients with minor stenosis, epidural scarring, or myelopathy. Out of 26 patients, 22 of them reported 40% or more pain relief and were eligible for permanent implants. After 1 month, the pain had improved significantly.
According to one of the physicians who studied it, this type of treatment could provide a revolutionary new strategy for patients with idiopathic peripheral neuropathy and even diabetic neuropathy.
If you’re experiencing chronic back pain, let us help. Pain Medicine Group was founded to help patients identify, treat, and alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain. Our Ft. Meyers pain management physicians have undergone specialized training in chronic pain issues, so we can do more than just mask the symptoms. After reviewing your medical records and talking to you in a consultation, we can provide you with an individualized treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.
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