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Treat Chronic Pain with Proven Neurostimulation Therapy


Pain Awareness Month is September and nearly 100 million Americans experience chronic pain, a largely misunderstood condition. It is defined as moderate to severe pain that persists for six months or longer than would be expected for recovery. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – or CRPS – is a chronic pain condition following an injury or trauma. People living with CRPS—referred to as the “suicide disease”—often experience prolonged or excessive pain believed to be caused in part by damaged or malfunctioning nerves.

DRG therapy is an important non-pharmacologic treatment option for people suffering from CRPS. It is the first and only neurostimulation device designed to manage difficult-to-treat chronic pain in specific areas of the lower body, such as the foot, knee, hip or groin. The stimulator targets the dorsal root ganglion (DRG), a nerve structure along the spinal cord that transmits information to the brain, and interrupts the pain signals’ pathway, reducing pain. This implanted device is similar in functionality and appearance to cardiac pacemakers, except the electrical pulses go to the DRG rather than the heart.  

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About: Corey W. Hunter, MD: Dr. Hunter is an interventional pain specialist at the Ainsworth Institute of Pain Management and assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai. His upcoming research on DRG therapy will appear in the scientific journal Neuromodulation. Dr. Hunter can enlighten your viewers on pain management, answer questions about DRG stimulation (watch this clip) and describe candidates for this type of therapy.

About Doug Rodd (Patient): Doug is a medically retired U.S. Army paratrooper (82nd Airborne) who damaged both his knees after many years of active duty. As a result of surgeries to correct his condition, he developed CRPS. DRG therapy allowed Doug to stop his reliance on opioids and find an effective way to manage his chronic pain.



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