Like smartphones, the technologies used in healthcare get better over time. These improvements may take the form of better user experience, becoming easier to use, or performing better than their current versions.
That seems to be the case now with technologies used in aid for relieving symptoms of venous diseases.
High Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation
A new form of spinal cord stimulation (SCS), called high frequency SCS, has been published on Anesthesiology recently. It can give long-term relief for chronic leg and back pain. The tingling sensation that patients feel with SCS therapy is also gone with this new device.
This new technology uses 10-megahertz electric pulses, a much higher frequency than the 40 to 60 Hz of the SCS. The study spans three months, and within those periods, 83 percent of patients with chronic leg pain, veniti.com says, confirmed reduced pain by 50 percent or greater. Only 56 percent in the traditional SCS therapy confirmed reduced pain by 50 percent.
According to Leonardo Kapural, M.D., one of the study authors, “This is the first long-term study to compare the safety and effectiveness of high frequency and traditional SCS therapy for back and leg pain.” He added that this new SCS version is promising as it is the only one of its kind right now.
High-Tech TENS Machine
Using the standard TENS machine makes you look like you should be in ICU. You are wired up and there are electrodes. Now you can get rid of them and still get the relief you needed. You can even buy a high-tech TENS machine from retailers, as you would with a bottle of aspirin.
The device is attached to a strap, making it look like a simple sports band. It gives off pulses for an hour and then switches off to prevent resistance. You will feel relief after 10 minutes, and can provide relief for up to 40 minutes at a time.
These two technologies are born out of traditional technology aids for chronic back and leg pain. Right now they are unique and very promising. What remains certain is that these can relieve pain without the risk of addiction or withdrawal, as is inherent in some drugs.