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Pain Management Treatment Overview

There are many areas of neurotechnology in the treatment of pain. This is an overview of three basic areas of treatment that are currently available; transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), implanted drug delivery systems (IDDS) and spinal cord stimulators (SCS).
  1. TENS units (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) and Percutaneous Neuromodulation Units (PENS) work by delivering low level electrical stimulation through electrodes placed directly on the skin of the affected area. The electrical stimulation delivered through the skin may help alleviate pain by blocking pain messages being sent to the brain. Both systems require a physician prescription but this therapy can provide a convenient means of treating some forms of pain. Both are non-invasive and can be an economical solution.

  2. Implanted Drug Delivery Systems (IDDS), also known as Intrathecal Analgesia Therapy, refers to the administration of medicine, either pain-relieving or spasticity-relieving, such as baclofen, by a medication delivery pump. The IDDS include a chamber or reservoir for the drug that delivers the medication through a catheter directly into the spinal canal (intrathecal). The pump needs to be refilled, usually once every few months, by placing a needle through the skin. This procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis or during a regular doctor’s visit. Generally, a person first undergoes a trial of the medication by an intrathecal injection. If successful, a pump system can be implanted permanently through a surgical procedure. IDDS reduce the need for oral medications, can be more effective and is now a mainstay of therapy for intractable pain including neuropathic pain and spasticity.

  3. Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) system is a hybrid system comprised of implanted electrodes in the spine and an external control unit. It uses electrical stimulation to block the pain pathways to the brain that travel through the spinal cord. SCS has also been known to decrease spasticity. An initial trial is needed to see if effective results can be achieved. If the trial is successful, a permanent system may be implanted. The user has the ability to keep the system on permanently or as needed.

These above options should be discussed with a medical professional trained in interventional pain medicine. Deep brain stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation and the use of very high frequency alternating currents as a method for blocking nerve conduction in peripheral nerves is currently under investigation. These methods might be able to provide an improved alternative for blocking pain and controlling muscle spasms. To discover more about available clinical trials, visit

Description of Different Types of Neurological Pain

Pain Management Devices

TENS and PENS units

  • Algotech Ltd. - Providing a Neurostimulation PENS Therapy for chronic pain.
  • Axelgaard - Their PALS Electrodes have become the world wide brand of neurostimulation electrode.
  • Axiobionics, LLC - Wearable therapies are custom build external electrical stimulation systems
  • Biowave - They designed 3 pain therapy devices all using percutaneous neuromodulation therapy delivering therapeutic electrical signal into deep tissue: Deepwave, Homewave and Sportswave.
  • Care Rehab - They offering TENS units for the treatment of pain.
  • Dynatronics - Providing self administered TENS devices to manage post-traumatic or post-surgical pain.
  • Electronmedical Products International - Alpha-Stim device treats pain and stress related disorders with a proven, safe, effective non-drug approach
  • Empi, Inc. - Empi's extensive line of rehabilitation products offer solutions for a variety of health care needs, including pain control options.
  • Medical Science Products - Specializing in non-invastive electrotherapy devices.
  • NeuroMetrix - Offering the SENSUS device focusing on treatment for painful diabetic neuropathy.
  • Neurotech - Wearable TENS units for the treatment of chronic pain including Baxolve XP, Aviva TENS XP and Recovery Back devices.
  • RS Medical - offering pain and function solution stimulators to treat painful muscle conditions and to treat persistent back and neck pain.
  • SPR Therapeutics - offering a peripheral nerve stimulation system for shoulder pain.
Implanted Drug Delivery Systems (IDDS)
  • Codman - Implantable drug delivery system for the treatment of pain and spasticity.
  • Medtronic - ITB Therapy for severe spasticity.
Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)
  • Boston Scientific Neuromodulation - a global leader in the development of implantable, high-technology neurostimulation devices. Our bionic technologies include new spinal cord stimulation treatments for chronic pain.
  • Medtronic, Inc. - Medtronic Pain Therapies™ offer proven, effective relief treatment alternatives of spinal cord stimulation.
  • St. Jude Medical Neuromodulation - has successful neurostimulation and drug pump technologies advancing treatment standards for chronic pain and neurological disorders
Alternative Therapies
  • Anodyne Therapy - Anodyne® Infrared Therapy Systems are medical devices that are indicated to increase circulation and reduce pain, stiffness, and muscle spasm.
  • Fisher Wallace Laboratories - The Fisher Wallace Stimulator™ is an external and portable stimulation for insomnia, anxiety, depression and pain therapy. It works by stimulating the brain's production of serotonin, GABA and beta-endorphins.
  • Neuros Medical - Developing Nerve Block technology for chronic pain.

Pain Support Organizations

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