New Technology Helping To Reduce Pain In Spinal Cord Study
Back Pain is the second most common reason people visit the doctor’s office, according to the American Chiropractic Association, and for most chronic pain the only options are therapy, surgery, or medication.
But one Suncoast Doctor is working on a spinal cord study, for a new device that may help alleviate pain without medication.
Just a few months ago, Roger Daughtrey was in so much pain he was almost completely disabled.
“I like to do a lot of outdoor, recreation type things,” Daughtrey said. “And I pretty much had become a couch potato simply because it hurt too much to go out and do things.”
Even simple tasks were too much.
“I couldn’t even drink a soda,” Daughtrey said. “I couldn’t even tip my head back far enough to get a soda.”
Dr. Richard Bundschu told him about Nevro, a new spinal stimulator device.
It uses electrical charges to manage pain by placing electrodes in the epidural space of the spinal cord.
While Spinal Cord stimulators aren’t new, Nevro works differently.
“This works at a higher frequency, 10,000 hertz,” Dr. Bundschu said. “Which means 10,000 cycles per minute, and the other brands work maximum about 1,200, so what it does is allow the patient to get pain relief without feeling any tingling, or feeling of electricity going down their extremities.”
The electrodes are hooked up to a device placed under the skin, roughly the size of a pacemaker battery.
Patients are given different programs, which help control the electrical current.
It’s easy for patients to change the program using this remote, based on the pain they’re feeling.
But the stimulator isn’t for everybody.
“This is an option when people have failed surgery, failed injections, failed medications, failed physical therapy.”
Roger Daughtrey says he’s not feeling much pain anymore.
“I can turn my head, my shoulders don’t hurt, my back doesn’t hurt,” Daughtrey said.
And he’s getting back to living a normal life.
“I told Dr. Bundschu once,” Daughtrey said. “It was like an angel had come down and touched my shoulders and healed me, because I no longer have the pain that I had before.”
The Spinal Stimulator device can also help get patients off of heavy pain meds, which have been the only option for some in the past.
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