We Remain Open And Committed To Providing Critical Addiction Treatment. Read More Here:  COVID-19 Update

Neuromodulation For Chronic Pain: One Answer To The Opioid Epidemic?

Neuromodulation | Just Believe Recovery PA

In This Article

Neuromodulation For Chronic Pain: One Answer To The Opioid Epidemic?

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain, and a common way to treat it is through the use of prescription opioids. However, the long-term use of opioids can result in both tolerance and dependence.

Given the ever-increasing rates of overdoses and addiction, many doctors have been looking for alternative methods to treat pain without the risks. Unfortunately, some of these treatments aren’t covered by insurers, because they are much more expensive than opioids.

Neuromodulation is an alternative pain treatment has been around since the 1960s, but recent advancements in technology have made these devices more precise at targeting pain. The treatment consists of a device that sends electrical signals to specific nerves in the body, creating an interference that prevents the nerves from sending pain signals to the brain.

Back pain, for example, is treated by stimulating a portion of the spine, also known as spinal cord stimulation. However, spinal cord stimulation can also be used to treat pain in the arms, legs, hips, and feet, and even migraines.

For the procedure, the patient has electrical leads inserted into the body. The leads then link up with a battery that can be placed either inside or outside the body, depending on the device being used. The patient can control the battery and signals by using an external device, such as an iPad.

Around 34,000 people had the spinal cord stimulation procedure in 2016. For most patients, this is the last resort, with implants being placed after other treatments have failed. But could making use of these devices sooner decrease healthcare costs overall, considering the amount of money that’s been spent fighting the opioid crisis?

Indeed, insurers have been reluctant to pay for these procedures, but the cost of opioids can spike dramatically when patients become dependent and need to undergo addiction treatment.

Just this month, BioElectronics announced it was conducting a new study on 60 subjects suffering from chronic lower back pain.

~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology

References

http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/bioelectronics-announces-independent-back-pain-clinical-study-pulsed-neuromodulation-pinksheets-biel-2237139.htm

Just Believe Recovery Carbondale

Just Believe Recovery is a fully licensed, Joint Commission accredited, comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment center located in Carbondale, Pennsylvania

Have Questions?

🔒 Your information is safe & secure

Sidebar Contact PA

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
How to Detach With Love | Just Believe Recovery PA
Addiction

How to Detach With Love

According to statistics, an estimated 10 percent of U.S. persons experience a substance disorder at some point in their lives. Addiction tends to be an

Read More »
Identifying Opioid Use Disorder | Just Believe Recovery PA
Abused Substances

Identifying Opioid Use Disorder

Due to the ongoing opioid crisis in the United States, identifying and diagnosing opioid use disorder (OUD) in affected persons has become more critical than

Read More »
K2 and Spice Drug Effects and Dangers | Just Believe Recovery PA
Abused Substances

K2 and Spice Drug Effects and Dangers

Spice and K2 are synthetic intoxicating drugs that typically consist of various chemicals sprayed onto plant material that can be used for smoking. K2 is

Read More »