For Back & Leg Pain, Patients Prefer Interacting Leads In Neuromodulation

June 12, 2017

Patients implanted with a neuromodulation device that relieves lower-back and leg pain seem to prefer leads that interact, rather than the more common configuration of leads that act independently, new research suggests.  All 40 patients in a prospective study of combined spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) reported more relief from interacting leads, according to findings presented May 29 at the International Neuromodulation Society’s World Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland.  The findings, which support those finding of previous research, should encourage physicians to use the spinal peripheral neurostimulation (SPN) configuration more often in appropriate cases, lead author Dr. Eugene Mironer of the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain, which has locations in both North Carolina and South Carolina, told Reuters Health by email.