Many of you out there may deal with intense lower back pain that just doesn't want to seem to go away.
Now, this breakthrough medical device is helping control that pain and those who use it say they don't even know it's there.
It's called the Nevro HF10, a non-addictive, minimally invasive and reversible option for the treatment of chronic pain.
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There's a small implanted device that transmits mild electrical pulses to the spinal cord, calming the nerves and reducing pain signals to the brain.
Unlike traditional spinal cord stimulation devices, which deliver low-frequency electrical pulses to mask the chronic pain with sensations commonly perceived as tingling, prickling, pins-and-needles, or vibrating, this high-frequency device delivers pain relief without the sensations.
"I would say the most common person we will use this for is somebody who is a baby boomer, although we've put them in teenagers who have chronic pain and then we've put them in people who are well into their 90s as well," said Dr. Tory McJunkin, medical director of Arizona Pain Specialists.
"The difference is amazing, I've cut back on any of the pain medication I was taking," said Dave McBride, Nevro HF10 recipient. "Good 65 to 70 percent better and as far as quality of life, it's two to three times better than it was before."
When approved for use by the FDA, Nevro HF10 came with a label of superiority over traditional spinal cord stimulation therapy, the first and only device of its kind approved with this rating for getting the best results in chronic back and leg pain.
Nevro HF10 is FDA-approved for driving and is covered by Medicare and most private insurers.
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