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Neuromodulation

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Neuromodulation is a reversible, one-of-a-kind technology that directly impacts nerves and nerve activity by delivering neuro-stimulation directly to a targeted area of the body.

This treatment helps bring back function to the affected nervous systems by delivering low-voltage electric impulses to the spine and bring back balance to the pain signals in the brain. These minimally-invasive therapies are used to help those who are living with chronic pain and various illnesses.

Neuromodulation is typically recommended to patients who have already tried other treatment options for their pain, including physical therapy, surgery and medications.

To get an even better understanding of this unique and helpful therapy, here are ten things you should know about neuromodulation, courtesy of the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience:

Neuromodulation alleviates or lessens pain without modifying drugs

Thanks to the neuro-stimulation or a spinal drug-delivery system (that provides micro doses of medicine) that neuromodulation provides, patients can avoid some side effects, including excessive sedation or clouding of thoughts.

Potential neuromodulation patients can “test drive” the modality

Prior to the neuromodulation implant, a trial of the device through a needle-based approach without an incision is performed in order to allow the patient to “test drive” the therapy before final consideration of the device’s insertion. (However, some therapies are non-invasive and may not require incision or needle-based procedures.)

Neuromodulation is FDA-approved and has been used in practice for more than a half century

Neuromodulation has been well-documented in research and clinical trials as a safe way to decrease chronic pain and improve the quality of life for patients.

Neuromodulation can be applied through different techniques

Neuromodulation uses multiple treatment modalities including spinal cord stimulation, spinal drug delivery systems, sacral stimulation, brain stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation and peripheral nerve field stimulation.

Neuromodulation implants can be removed

Once implemented, if the patient chooses to stop the treatment, the device can be removed as the procedure is reversible.

Neuromodulation improves the quality of life for patients in pain

Chronic pain affects hundreds of millions of adults, and it can affect an individual’s ability to function and even perform the simplest of activities of normal living. Thanks to neuromodulation, many can finally get help with improving pain management and function.

Neuromodulation is used for other applications than pain

While neuromodulation may be most well-known for helping with chronic pain, treatments can also help those with epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, hearing disorders, sleep apnea, dystonia, urinary and bowel continence problems, among others

There are neuromodulation specialists in your area

If you need an expert in pain, spasticity and/or movement disorders, you needn’t look any further than the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience – Jefferson Health.

Neuromodulation procedures are covered by most medical insurance and Medicare programs

Before making your appointment, please check with your insurance provider to see if it is included in your plan.  

Patient care is of the utmost importance to neuromodulation specialists

Experts who care with patients through neuromodulation want to provide them with all the procedure can provide. New scientific advances and expanding clinical indications will continue to fuel the growth of this dynamic field in the coming decade, but the ongoing results it can bring to pain sufferers are happening now.