Our pain medicine fellows had the opportunity to participate in an educational laboratory on spinal neuromodulation on Nov. 13 that was funded by a grant from Boston Scientific. Spinal cord stimulation, a type of neuromodulation treatment, is a useful technology for patients suffering from otherwise treatment-resistant pain.
Rene Przkora, M.D., Ph.D., and the Pain Medicine Fellowship received the grant for the educational course, titled “The Practice of Neuromodulation.” Przkora, a professor of anesthesiology and chief of the Pain Medicine Division, directs the fellowship.
Neuromodulation works by delivering low doses of mild electrical pulses to change pain signals as they travel from the spinal cord to the brain. Microelectronic implantable technologies are used to manage chronic neuropathic pain and neurological diseases.
Neuromodulation can be performed through a variety of invasive and noninvasive techniques, which can help patients suffering from intractable back or nerve pain. Neuromodulation has many benefits for patients, including reducing reliance on opioid pain medications. Many devices last for years without recharging and allow patients to resume daily activities.
UF Health Pain Medicine offers the most advanced procedures in neuromodulation pain relief, as well as an array of minimally invasive options.