THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., May 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Chronic back and leg pain can negatively impact patients' quality of life by dominating their thoughts and actions and preventing them from working or enjoying life as they knew it before chronic pain. Unfortunately, people suffering from chronic back pain often opt for spine surgery without giving less-invasive and long term pain-relief options a try, despite the fact that only about 5 percent of sufferers actually require surgery. More often than not, spinal surgery doesn't alleviate a patient's pain. In fact, it may actually cause additional painful conditions, including decreased back motion, diminished activity levels or chronic muscle spasms, and may require additional surgeries.
Dr. Hersel and Dr. Spiegel of Pain Management & Injury Relief (PMIR) Medical Center, experts in pain management, have recently started offering 10-kHz High-frequency Therapy (HF10™) spinal cord stimulation, an innovative, recently FDA-approved therapy for back and leg pain that has demonstrated superior results compared to spine surgery and traditional, low-frequency spinal cord stimulators.
PMIR Medical Center is the first practice in the Conejo Valley to use this new technology. "From experience, this is the most profound medical treatment that will finally help treat back pain for a lifetime without requiring long term recovery and possible progression of the degenerative complications associated with the most common back surgeries," says Dr. Hersel, Founder of PMIR Medical Center.
Neuromodulation is a class of therapies that directly treats the nervous system to rebalance the activity of neural circuits and manage pain symptoms. Spinal cord stimulators, commonly used to treat severe lower back and leg pain, deliver electrical pulses that alter pain signals before they reach the brain. The Senza® spinal cord stimulation system, which offers Nevro's proprietary HF10™ therapy, provides electrical pulses to the spinal cord at super high frequency and is paresthesia-free. Paresthesia is a stimulation-induced sensation that can include tingling, burning or pricking.
Along with superior pain relief without paresthesia, the HF10 therapy offers many other benefits. "It's FDA-approved for driving whereas other stimulators are not," says Dr. Spiegel. He also points out that the device is very small and easy to implant during an out-patient surgical procedure. The battery must be charged every day, but the charging process takes just 20 to 40 minutes. Unlike intrathecal pumps, another treatment option for back pain, HF10 therapy does not require medication or maintenance. It is primarily designed for use in patients with severe back and leg pain where the actual cause of the pain is multifactorial and cannot be clearly deciphered by physical exam, history, or diagnostic studies. In addition, it is ideal for treatment of back pain that has not responded to back surgery rather than undergo revision back surgery.
"In my opinion, this is going to change the way we're able to help people who have exhausted other options for their pain," says Dr. Spiegel. "In addition, we offer a full range of interventional treatment options in our practice that can be tailored to the specific needs of each patient. If HF10 therapy spinal cord stimulation is the best option, we're pleased to offer it."
Pain Management & Injury Relief (PMIR) Medical Center focuses on breaking the cycle of pain by targeting pain pathways, improving patients' physical well-being and helping transform perspectives on pain. To learn more about PMIR Medical Center or to schedule an appointment with a pain management specialist, visit www.paininjuryrelief.com or call (855) PMIR-MED.
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