Thousands of people suffer from chronic pain in the neck, back or leg. Most over the counter pain medications like ibuprofen and acetaminophen rid off the pain temporarily. Additionally, most patients end up getting addicted to drugs when taking the pain relief pills. But thanks to technological advancement, various innovative technologies have been invented to help relieve chronic pain.
Here's a look at the different high-tech methods for reducing persistent pain in the legs.
It involves heating a small area of the nerve tissue to short circuit the pain signals. The pain specialist inserts a needle into the nerves that cause pain and obliterates it via electric current created by radio waves. This pain relief technique can last for a year.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
The technique works by replacing pain with more tolerable sensations like tingling or a massage-like feeling. The pain specialist implants a pacemaker device in the lower back, connecting it to tiny wires located in the spinal canal. As such, the patient sends signals to the painful area (the leg) using a remote control every time he feels pain. The technique is ideal for patients suffering from venous conditions in the feet.
High-Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation
Traditionally, pain specialists used a low-frequency form of SCS (spinal cord stimulation) which provided short-term relief for chronic leg pain. However, a recent study showed that high-frequency SCS provided long-term relief for pain. The technique eased pain without introducing any tingling sensations.
The laser technology for chronic leg pain has continued to evolve over the years. Pain specialists use the technology along with other treatments like sclerotherapy. Laser technology prevents extravasation while sclerotherapy treats large venous tissues. However, only long wavelengths of 1064 nm at pulse durations of 10-50 milliseconds treat dark deoxygenated blood vessels and reduce exposure to the epidermis.
Chronic leg pain can affect one's life preventing you from sleeping well, eating properly or enjoying activities with family and friends, the technological techniques performed by pain specialists go a long way in treating and relieving pain permanently.