Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Spinal Cord Stimulation Can Relieve Low Back Pain

Date:
February 10, 2007
Source:
American Academy of Pain Medicine
Summary:
Careful patient selection and stimulation programming can improve management of axial low back pain with spinal cord stimulation, report researchers at the 23rd annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine in New Orleans. The researchers note that axial low back pain is a novel indication for spinal cord stimulation.

Careful patient selection and stimulation programming can improve management of axial low back pain with spinal cord stimulation, report researchers at the 23rd annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine in New Orleans. The researchers note that axial low back pain is a novel indication for spinal cord stimulation. Technological capabilities of the spinal cord stimulation system, particularly fractionalized current across contacts, uniquely provide the type of stimulation needed to relieve axial back pain.

Spinal cord stimulation effectively manages a range of painful etiologies, but little published evidence supports its use for axial low back pain. The researchers studied 226 spinal cord stimulators (Precision™, Advanced Bionics) implanted in patients with axial low back pain to assess the therapeutic value of spinal cord stimulation in treating axial back pain associated with failed back surgery syndrome. Pain scores, quality of life, and disability assessments were gathered at three, six, and 12 months after activation of the spinal cord stimulation system and compared to baseline measures. Additional assessments were made at 3.5 months after a two-week period of no stimulation.

The investigators found that spinal cord stimulation significantly reduced axial low back pain, and when present, leg and foot pain, from baseline at all time points. With stimulation off, pain scores returned to near baseline. Quality of life and disability also significantly improved with spinal cord stimulation. Of 226 temporary trials, 172 (76%) were successful, and 159 subjects (70%) received permanent implants. Reported here are outcome data for all subjects through 3.5 months, and for those subjects who have completed six- and 12-month evaluations. A subsequent report will include all 12-month data. This study represents the largest prospective experience reported to date for spinal cord stimulation in axial low back pain.

Investigators: Benchmark Clinical Study Working Group, Advanced Bionics, Valencia, CA; Jim Thacker, MS, Enteromedics, St. Paul, MN; Todd Gross, PhD, Advanced Bionics, Valencia, CA; and Allison Foster, PhD, Advanced Bionics, Valencia, CA.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by American Academy of Pain Medicine. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

American Academy of Pain Medicine. "Spinal Cord Stimulation Can Relieve Low Back Pain." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 10 February 2007. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/02/070209074558.htm>.
American Academy of Pain Medicine. (2007, February 10). Spinal Cord Stimulation Can Relieve Low Back Pain. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 30, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/02/070209074558.htm
American Academy of Pain Medicine. "Spinal Cord Stimulation Can Relieve Low Back Pain." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/02/070209074558.htm (accessed July 30, 2014).

Share This




More Health & Medicine News

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Health Insurers' Profits Slide

Health Insurers' Profits Slide

Reuters - Business Video Online (July 30, 2014) Obamacare-related costs were said to be behind the profit plunge at Wellpoint and Humana, but Wellpoint sees the new exchanges boosting its earnings for the full year. Fred Katayama reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Concern Grows Over Worsening Ebola Crisis

Concern Grows Over Worsening Ebola Crisis

AFP (July 30, 2014) Pan-African airline ASKY has suspended all flights to and from the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone amid the worsening Ebola health crisis, which has so far caused 672 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Duration: 00:43 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey

At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey

AP (July 30, 2014) At least 20 New Jersey residents have tested positive for chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus that has spread through the Caribbean. (July 30) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Generics Eat Into Pfizer's Sales

Generics Eat Into Pfizer's Sales

Reuters - Business Video Online (July 29, 2014) Pfizer, the world's largest drug maker, cut full-year revenue forecasts because generics could cut into sales of its anti-arthritis drug, Celebrex. Fred Katayama reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins