September is National Pain Awareness Month, and 80% of people experience back pain at some point in their lives. A significant portion of them experience pain that lasts for at least 3 months and affects their daily work.
Now, new devices allow patients to regain control while relieving pain.
Arlene Vélez Díaz has been producing mosaic art works for over 20 years.
“It’s my relaxing time. My creative space and I love it,” Diaz said.
However, due to the chronic back pain caused by the fall, she abandoned her passion.
“I literally thought I would never be able to walk again. It was so bad,” he said.
She tried physiotherapy, medications, injections, and even surgery, but couldn’t get rid of her back pain permanently. Diaz then went to Candice Burnett, a pain management doctor.
After a series of different treatments, Burnett proposed a differential target multiplex or DTM spinal cord stimulation, which is a neurostimulator placed under the patient’s skin.
“It involves placing small wires in the spinal column, which send signals that interfere with the brain’s ability to perceive pain,” Burnett said. “80% of patients who received DTM therapy achieved a reduction of more than 50% in chronic low back pain.”
This is compared to 51% of patients who received traditional spinal cord stimulation. Diaz ported the device in December 2020 and now feels much better.
“I just regained my life,” she said.
And she said she could continue to make her colorful masterpieces.
Patients can undergo a one-week study before implanting the device. This option tends to be for those who have tried other treatments for back pain that have not worked.
The contributors to this news report include producer Milvionne Chery. Kirkmanson, filmmaker; Roque Correa, editor.