Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

New Electrical Therapy May Relieve Low Back Pain. (Noninvasive Treatment)

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

New Electrical Therapy May Relieve Low Back Pain. (Noninvasive Treatment)

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ORLANDO, FLA. -- Percutaneous neuromodulation therapy appears to be an effective, noninvasive treatment for subacute radiating lower back pain, said Dr. Joanne Borg-Stein of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Wellesley, Mass.

Percutaneous electrical stimulation delivered to the deep tissues of the lumbar region was beneficial in relieving severe, chronic lower axial back pain for as long as 6 months after completing therapy, Dr. Borg-Stein said in a poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Borg-Stein and Dr. Richard Seroussi of the Seattle Spine Center, studied 59 patients who received the therapy at eight sites. Treatment consisted of four weekly, 30-minute percutaneous neuromodulation therapy sessions. The researchers measured outcomes at 5,12, and 24 weeks.

Patients had the option of continuing weekly treatments for up to 8 weeks after the initially prescribed 4 weeks, though 44% (26) of the patients terminated treatment after 4 weeks and 75% (44) had stopped after 8 weeks. Only one patient received 12 weeks of treatment.

At the 5-week follow-up, 63% of the patients (37) had at least a 30% decrease in their lower extremity pain score using the visual analog scale for pain, and 42% (25) had at least a 50% decrease in that score. …

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