A brand new study could spell incredible relief for chronic back pain and leg pain; and the discovery is quite simple. High-frequency spinal cord stimulation had almost twice the effectiveness for chronic back and leg pain patients as traditional low frequency stimulation in a recent study. The high frequency SCS comes as an exciting advance for patients, particularly given the widespread prevalence of chronic pain.
Leg and back pain have always been hard to treat, and many doctors use opiod prescriptions that often have adverse side effects.
But, spinal cord stimulation is a type of pain management which involves placing an implant under the skin which delivers electric pulses to the torso or the limbs to relieve chronic pain.
The new treatment uses proprietary high frequency pulses of 10,000 Hz, compared to traditional SCS which uses frequencies of 40 to 60 Hz. Additionally, high frequency SCS is also free from any uneasy buzzing or tingling, and this process is commonly termed as paresthesia.
Around 171 patients suffering from chronic back and leg pain who had an implant for SCS were tested during the study. Overall, 90 of them received high-frequency treatments, where 81 of them continued with more traditional methods. Conversely, in patients who were treated with the low frequency variants of whom 44% had back pain and 56% had leg pain, experienced a reduction of 50% or more in their pain.
Scientific facts have revealed that the conditions of the patients had been improved by 50 percent and no paresthesia has been registered during the experiment. This is good because, not only does it make the process more pleasant for the patient, but paresthesia can also interfere with how well the treatment works at treating pain. More patients in the high frequency therapy group reported being “very satisfied” with their pain relief (55 percent versus 32 percent). Since approximately 23 – 26% of the global population suffers from lower back pain alone, the new therapy may be a worthy treatment.
Source: Ledger Gazette