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This week I’m inviting group comments about medical devices intended to reduce pain without drugs, and your experience with these devices if you suffer.
Recent CDC statistics: As many as 1 in 4 on prescription opioids struggle with addiction. 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016, the highest recorded in the US.
I wondered, what’s our community doing about it?
Turns out, quite a bit.
Researching today’s post, I learned 50-60,000 US patients get spinal cord stimulators each year.
According to one projection, the neurostimulation devices market will exceed $13B by 2023, led by Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Cyberonics, Neuronetics, Codman, St. Jude, and others.
MedDeviceOnline editor Bob Marshall published an interesting Oct 9 story about SPR Therapeutics, makers of the only FDA-cleared percutaneous peripheral nerve stimulation system. See http://bit.ly/SPRTher for Bob’s story.
SPR was among three mentioned in an MIT Technology Review story called “New Devices Promise to Fight Pain without Opioids.” Relative newcomer Nevro gained FDA clearance in 2015 with a device which delivers “high-frequency stimulation that can’t be felt by the patient.” And the Neuro-Stim System Bridge, attached behind the ear, stimulates the brain’s pain center.
In cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), Alpha-Stim is probably the best-known brand among many competitors. I didn’t reach them in time for this story. What’s your experience with CES?
My short write-up surely misses a number of pain-fighting devices. What can you share in today’s comments?
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P.S. If you or a loved one suffers from opioid addiction, please visit http://bit.ly/CDC-treatment and get help.
Michael Murphy, thank you for sharing your personal story. I’m intrigued, how often do you have to recharge? How long does the charge hold? How disruptive is this extra burden to your daily routine?
• Allergic reaction to medications during implant surgery
I would challenge the industry to come up with an effective alternative to opioids that does not involve implantation of an active device.
Amy Baxter MD FAAP FACEP
Roger Cepeda, JD, MBA, RAC
Amy Baxter MD FAAP FACEP
2) our fear of pain and quick fix society have to change before effective non-drug treatments will really catch on: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/avoid-opioid-addiction-face-pain-like-dancer-amy-baxter-md
3) anything that stimulates the ABeta nerve (high amplitude stim, vibration, massage) will decrease pain. Anything that stimulates the g-protein gated ion channels (stim, vibration, pulsed electromagnetic fields, ultrasound) will speed repair. Different embodiments help different body parts and lifestyles and people, and understanding WHY these things work (it’s mechanical, not some mystical “filling of the body with electricity”) will help them all gain acceptance among physicians .
Katarzyna Zofia C.
Dr. Patricia Chinwe Onuoha PhD,MSC, MD,BCCS
Our DenerveX is a non-narcotic, non-steroidal, non-addictive alternative to opioids that can restore a patient to a more normal, active lifestyle. #DenerveX #backpain #facetjointsyndrome #opioids
Avigail Berg-Panitz, MA
A few days ago we learned about an implanted spinal cord stimulator to reduce chronic pain and reduce the need for opioid pain medication. Details are at http://www.medicaldesignandoutsourcing.com/first-spinal-cord-stimulator-implanted-to-curb-opioid-prescriptions/?spMailingID=12137017&spUserID=MTU0MTA0MDg4NDQ1S0&spJobID=1261169753&spReportId=MTI2MTE2OTc1MwS2
Sarah Gothard BSN, RN
Melanie Joan Dunn
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