Spinal Cord Stimulation Way More Productive At Higher Frequency: Study

Latest set of data reveals that high-frequency spinal cord stimulation treatment has demonstrated twice the productivity in curing chronic back and leg pain, than the traditional low-frequency treatments. UPI states that doctors discovered that spinal cord stimulation, or SCS, will be able to yield remarkable relief at greater frequencies.

SCS is operated with the help of a tiny device that is positioned under the skin to cure chronic pain in the appendages and torso. At greater frequencies, it is provided by a structure called HF10, 10,000 Hz pulse via the device. Traditional instruments are only able to provide 40 to 60 Hz in low-frequency SCS.

Few advantages of high-frequency SCS is that it doesn’t show any signs of inducing paresthesia, or any creepy, tingling sensation brought about by the device. The droning sounds from the smaller frequency treatments are blatant for bringing about displeasure in patients, confining its productiveness.

Dr. Leonardo Kapural, who is an anesthesiology professor at Wake Forest University’s School of Medicine, said that “This is the first time a study has compared the risks with the benefits of high frequency SCS therapy as opposed to the lower-frequency treatments.”

Back and leg pains have always been challenging to cure, and plenty doctors stick to prescriptions prescribing opioids that mostly have detrimental side effects.

In an analysis, 171 patients suffering from chronic back or leg pain, who earlier had an SCS device implanted in their skin, more than 80% of participants who had back and leg pain reported major reduction in symptoms, after availing three months of high-frequency treatment.

This study was published in the journal Anesthesiology, and could change the standard for treating chronic pain with spinal cord stimulation treatments.

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