New spinal cord stimulation therapy, recently approved by FDA

In recent years researchers have made a case that sitting for prolonged periods is harmful to your health. Some have claimed it is as dangerous as smoking. But being on your feet all day might not be so healthy either. A team of international researchers conducted a small study of men and women who worked on their feet for most of each day…

An unrelated study by the American Society of Anesthesiologists might contain some good news for people who spend their day standing and then suffer from back and leg pain. The study shows that patients who received a novel high frequency form of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy enjoyed significant and long-term relief from both chronic back and leg pain.

“Chronic back and leg pain have long been considered difficult to treat and current pain relief options such as opioids have limited effectiveness and commonly known side effects,” said lead author Dr. Leonardo Kapural, of Wake Forest University. “Given the prevalence of chronic pain, high frequency SCS is an exciting advance for our patients.”

SCS is a fairly common therapy that administers electric pulses to the spinal cord through a small device implanted under the skin. The new treatment, called HF10 therapy, uses proprietary high frequency pulses of 10,000 Hz, compared to traditional SCS which uses frequencies of 40 to 60 Hz.

(7/28/2015) New Therapy Delivers Long-Term Relief for Chronic Back, Leg Pain, Study Find

According to a study published in the Online First edition of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), patients who received a novel high frequency form of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy experienced significantly greater, long-term relief for both chronic back and leg pain, when compared to a traditional low frequency form of SCS therapy…

Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t a study require a placebo group to be considered scientific? To prove causation, not just correlation?  Do you think there’s a peer-review system over at the ASA’s “official medical journal”?  And who owns the rights to this “novel” therapy with “proprietary” technology?

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graham6214 to beverley82498 • 8 months ago
hi beverley im sorry to say my scs has been a disaster from start to finish and im waiting to have it removed if your hubbie goes ahead with it make sure that he get the paddle leads which are stitched in and not the leads that are injected as they have a tendency to break or twist hope this helps you with your quest even though it will not be a cure but rather than a aid to pain relief all the best graham

the_evil_edna to khi • 8 months ago
Hi hun I have had some issues & on strng pain relief, the stimlator does help but its not been anywhere near the relief I had during the trial. I’m doing better as I’m not bed bound but everyday is a struggle just to do daily thins, I have been told its a constant juggling act, drugs, reprogamming & minor ops, My consultant told me last week its a condition that i need to learn to live with its not a disease that they can fix.
I wish you the best of luck & hope you experience better long term results x

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