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Bioelectronics provides options in treatment of chronic pain

Bioelectrical medicine gives practitioners a fresh outlook on the treatment of chronic pain, finds a study that reviewed stimulation of the spinal cord, dorsal root ganglion and peripheral nerves

Bioelectrical medicine gives practitioners a fresh outlook on the treatment of chronic pain

Chronic pain is notoriously resistant to conventional medical management. This has led to an overuse of prescription opioid analgesics linked to an increasing number of deaths.

Doctors are seeking an alternative approach, and some see an answer in neuromodulation, a process of inhibition, stimulation or therapeutic alteration of activity in the nervous system with the use of electricity.

A study reviewing stimulation of the spinal cord, dorsal root ganglion and peripheral nerves has found this approach could be developed to give practitioners a fresh outlook regarding the treatment of chronic pain.

Good results and shortcomings

Spinal cord stimulation has been used for several decades. It

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