10 Facts about Neuromodulation Pain Relief

1. Neuromodulation alleviates or lessens pain without putting patients into a “drug fog.” By relieving pain with neuro-stimulation or a drug-delivery system, that provides microdoses of medicine, the patient can avoid some side effects, including excessive sedation or clouding of thoughts.

2. Potential neuromodulation patients can “test drive” the modality. Neuromodulation is administered via minimally invasive techniques and it is a rare medical treatment that the patient can “test drive” during an incisionless trial before final consideration of the device’s insertion.

3. Neuromodulation is FDA approved and has been used in practice for two decades. Extensive research and clinical trials have documented neuromodulation’s ability to decrease chronic pain and improve the quality of life for patients.

4. Neuromodulation can be applied through different techniques. Neuromodulation comprises four treatment modalities: spinal cord stimulation, spinal drug delivery systems, brain stimulation and peripheral nerve stimulation. These treatments should only be administered or provided by a trained Physician who specializes in this type of care.

5. Neuromodulation implants can be removed. Once implemented, if the patient chooses to stop the treatment, the device can be removed. The procedure is reversible.

6. Neuromodulation improves the quality of life for patients in pain. The American Pain Foundation estimates that chronic pain affects 76.5 million people in the U.S., while the National Institutes of Health estimates that chronic pain costs the U.S. economy $100 billion a year in lost work time and medical expenses.

7. There are neuromodulation specialists in your area. There are approximately 600 members of NANS located across the United States. Membership includes physicians of different backgrounds, all of whom specialize in pain, spasticity and movement disorders. A member in your local area can be found by visiting http://www.neuromodulation.org/

8. Neuromodulation procedures are covered by most medical insurance and Medicare programs. As with all medical procedures, the patient must check with their insurance plan to receive proper approvals.

9. Patient care is of the utmost importance to neuromodulation specialists. Members of NANS are concerned first and foremost with the care given to their patients and the impact the neuromodulation program has on their patients’ lives.

10. Neuromodulation is NOT SCIENCE FICTION. New scientific advances and expanding clinical indications will continue to fuel the growth of this dynamic field in the coming decade but the results it can bring to pain sufferers is real today

Facts Provided By Eve McGrath

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