Chronic pain can be debilitating for some people. In fact out of the 310 million people living in the United States, about 100 million of those people suffer from chronic pain. That is about 32.3% of people within the United States alone that have chronic pain. How can this many people have chronic pain? For some it is caused by current health problems such as Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, and Diabetes to name a few. For others, chronic pain can be caused by things such as car accidents. But the biggest concern for chronic pain suffers is the amount of medication that they have to take everyday, and for some it is not fully covered by their health insurance plans. But thanks to steps in alternative and holistic medicine, there are many chronic health sufferers that don’t need to take medication to help them ease the pain.
In South Carolina, a doctor is trying a radical approach for chronic pain sufferers who have have illnesses like shingles or have had lower back pain. He takes a device to their spinal cord and send out electrical impulses through the cord, which in turn affect the nerves in the areas where pain is felt. It thus calms the nerves and the patient is able to enjoy their life without any pain at all. The greatest thing about this new device being tested in pain management clinics throughout the country is now there is less demand for opioid medication. The catch is that the treatment continues in the office for about 10 days before a battery pack is installed and the patient can wear the device and use it when need be. But it does the same thing that opiates do on a daily basis, shuts down or deters the pain from ever being recognized in the brain.
The biggest question is can this type of device be covered by health insurance? For some, it can be paid by the hospital for a chronic health patient who would like to have this device installed. Other insurance providers can give premiums to patients who are eligible for the device and can have it installed in the hospital. But most health insurances can cover this type of device that was recently released in the summer of this year.
At Florida Pain, we may not have these devices in stock, but we do have forms of therapy that help chronic sufferers such as spinal cord stimulation and radiofrequency denervation. These do send out electric signals and deter the pain from being recognized in parts of the body and in some areas of the brain. If you feel like you want to try holistic and alternative medicine techniques and reduce or remove the amount of opioids you use on a daily basis, give us a call and we can schedule you for a consultation on any form of treatment that works best for you.