Jean Emerson of King 5 News Health Link recently aired a segment on a new type of device used for the treatment of severe, chronic back and leg pain. This device is called a Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) and it is manufactured by Nevro.
Jean’s segment entitled “Breakthrough In Treatment of Chronic Back Pain” can be found here.
Dr. Attaman has been offering the Nevro Spinal Cord Stimulation in Bellevue and Seattle since it was approved by the FDA, and has been finding very promising results in his patients.
The Nevro SCS system is unique in that it uses very high-frequency stimulation to provide pain relief. Nevro refers to this high-frequency stimulation as “HF10” stimulation. Prior SCS systems manufactured by other companies use much lower frequency stimulation. While patients can obtain excellent relief from both frequencies, patients using the lower frequency systems feel a “buzzing” or “tingling” sensation over the area of pain. Some patients find this bothersome, or even intolerable.
With the Nevro high-frequency SCS system, patients cannot feel any form of “buzzing” or “tingling.” They simply have pain relief. This is a very attractive option for people who have tried other SCS systems in the past and could not tolerate it, or simply did not have relief from it.
The high-frequency SCS system from Nevro also has one other advantage; it controls low back pain better than older SCS systems. While both SCS systems work very well for chronic leg and foot pain, the Nevro high-frequency SCS system also works very well and reliably for low back pain. Thus, patients suffering from low back pain alone, or low back pain in combination with leg and foot pain can benefit from this new therapy.
If you have chronic low back pain and/or leg and foot pain that has not responded to other forms of treatment, a SCS trial may be right for you.