A new study looking at spinal cord stimulator implant treatment for diabetic neuropathy has shown some very interesting findings. A recent study was performed by the director of pain management at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville Indiana. The study looked at 75 patients suffering from diabetic neuropathy, which is the most common form of small fiber peripheral neuropathy.
One fourth of Americans either have diabetes or are pre-diabetic. The World Health Organization estimates that by the year 2025, a third of the people around the world will have diabetes. One interesting thing to note is that most of the damage from diabetes such as peripheral neuropathy happens before clinical diagnosis occurs.
In the study performed, 75 patients had various treatments including pain medications by mouth, sympathetic nerve blocks, physical therapy, topical pain creams, along with the spinal cord stimulator implants. An average of 16 months after the implants replaced, pain scores fell by 7 to 8 points on average, from over nine to less than two. This was a remarkable finding, and confirmed what has been seen in previous studies.
What was truly remarkable according to the author, is that 85% of the patients actually had improved sensation in their feet. This had not been showing before in previous studies. Another amazing finding is that over half of the patients in the study had complete reversal of their sensory loss.
Over one third of the patients in the study reported needing less pain medication after placement of the spinal cord stimulator. Spinal cord stimulators are not cheap. They cost over $15,000, but in those who have significant surgical risks they may present a much better option than vascular surgery.
If you’re suffering from diabetic peripheral neuropathy or small fiber peripheral neuropathy due to other problems, Arizona Pain Specialists can help. They provide comprehensive Arizona pain management including opiate medication management, physical rehabilitation, and interventional procedures such as spinal cord stimulator implants.
Call 602-507-6550 today to get help with your peripheral neuropathy.