Walking down the sidewalk may seem simple, but a year ago, Michael Holtz was in too much pain to walk.
To help ease the pain, he would use opioids for pain relief.
He had nerve damage along the leg and had been in chronic pain. He was at the end of his rope.
Holtz has degenerative disk disease and has had more than 20 surgeries for chronic pain, taking a variety of prescription drugs including opioids.
Struggling with depression, and desperate for pain relief, Holtz tried everything.
Holtz was like many patients who are hitting a wall to manage their chronic pain.
He had tried cortisone injections, epidurals, acupuncture, physical therapy, a number of different blocks, radiofrequency ablation is a spinal nerves and continued to be quite dysfunctional with the pain.
But, spinal cord stimulation provided relief for Holtz.
Here's how it works: a small device consisting of wires and a battery is surgically implanted in a patient, controlling pain by delivering electrical impulses to the spine to block pain signals.
This therapy also gives the patient an opportunity to control the sensation, the stimulation, the intensity of what they’re getting themselves, vis a vi a bluetooth device.
Now six months later, Holtz controls his own pain.
The device is helping thousands of patients like Holtz suffering from chronic pain, get off medications, and avoid opioids
It does not involve a drug. It avoids the issues with dependence on medications and certainly with over treatment and undertreatment and withdrawal.
A spinal cord stimulator has a average life span of ten years. It’s remotely charged through the Bluetooth device. It’s a one-time surgery. You can swim and go on an airplane with it.
For more information, contact Comprehensive Pain Management in Franklin, MA.