Spinal Cord Stimulation
According to a recent study, a new form of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) was able to treat chronic pain in participants effectively. The new method was compared to conventional types of SCS. Participants were patients with leg and back pain caused by conditions that are commonly diagnosed in the area of back pain, such as nerve root pain, degenerative disc disease, and failed back syndrome.
The study found that two-thirds of patients who experienced chronic back pain were able to significantly reduce their pain with this new SCS treatment while only 45 to 40 percent of patients saw relief using conventional methods. Authors of the study followed up with patients two years later, and the same results were found.
The new SCS method saw a change in the way the device was programmed. Authors believe this new programming was the reason for such responsive treatment in its patients. The new device allowed patients to enjoy life again and improved their pain considerably.
New Advances in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
A recent clinical study found that a new form of 1euromodulation device may be able to improve treatment of chronic pain patients. While traditional methods use dorsal column stimulation, the new device was applied near the spinal nerve the dorsal root ganglion. Results concluded that 70 percent of the patients saw a decrease in pain of 80 percent while patients who used traditional methods only saw a 52 percent drop. The new placement may also be able to help keep the battery life of the device running longer.
Battery life is a major concern for patients and physicians alike. But technologies in wireless batteries are being investigated as a possible solution. Wireless batteries are currently being used in smartphones, and pain doctors are optimistic about the transition over to medical devices with the intention of treating a wider range of pain disorders, such as post-herpetic neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, phantom limb pain, and central neuropathic disorders.