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Articles Tagged: Chronic Pain

Study Examines Difference Between High- and Low-frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation

Published: July 30, 2015 | Category: News

SpineSpinal cord stimulation is nothing new, but a new study suggests that maybe we have been approaching it the wrong way; or rather, that maybe we have more to learn about it.

But, in case you don’t know, spinal cord stimulation is a type of pain management which involves placing an implant under the skin which delivers electric pulses to the torso or the limbs to relieve chronic pain. Typically, spinal cord stimulation involves delivering low-frequency waves (40 to 60 Hz) but a new study says that, perhaps, high-frequency (up to 10,000 Hz) might be better in some cases. Continue Reading »

Pain, paralysis “just life” for Surrey man

Published: June 26, 2015 | Category: News

Dan Thomas will take part in the Scotiabank Charity ChallengeIt wasn’t that long ago that Dan Thomas thought he had it all.

After years of hard work – he bought his first dump truck at 18, and had worked in the truck and excavating industry for nearly 30 years – the Newton resident, then 45, had a wife, a business and a house he’d paid off.

Then, in 2002 while driving home along 32 Avenue late one winter night, Thomas hit a patch of black ice, and rolled his truck into a tree.

His injuries – which he says included crushed lungs and two vertebrae in his back “basically disintegrating” – left him paralyzed from the waist down. Continue Reading »

Recovery of sensory function by stem cell transplants

Published: June 8, 2015 | Category: News

Uppsala UniversityNew research from Uppsala University shows promising progress in the use of stem cells for treatment of spinal cord injury. The results, which are published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports, show that human stem cells that are transplanted to the injured spinal cord contribute to restoration of some sensory functions.

Traffic accidents and severe falls can cause ruptures of nerve fibers that enter/exit the spinal cord. Most commonly, these avulsion injuries affect the innervation of the arm and hand, and lead to paralysis, loss of sensation and cause chronic pain. Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Stimulators Work Best When Implanted Early

Published: March 6, 2014 | Category: News

Anterior-thoracicSuccess rates for spinal cord stimulators are much higher in patients who wait less than two years for an implant after the onset of chronic pain, according to a new study presented at the 30th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Spinal cord stimulators (SCS) surgically implanted in the spine give relief to pain patients by sending electrical pulses to a specific nerve, turning pain signals to the brain into a tingling sensation. Continue Reading »

New Treatment for Chronic Pain after Spinal Cord Injury

Published: February 8, 2012 | Category: News

New Rochelle, NY – Chronic neuropathic pain following a spinal cord injury is common and very difficult to treat, but a new therapeutic strategy requiring a one-time injection into the spinal column has potential to improve patient outcomes.

This cutting-edge pain management strategy is described in an article published in Journal of Neurotrauma, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The article is available free online, along with a related article on pain following spinal cord injury. Continue Reading »

Less Pain With New Treatment For Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: May 4, 2011 | Category: News

Rutgers researchers have developed an innovative new treatment that could help minimize nerve damage in spinal cord injuries, promote tissue healing and minimize pain.

After a spinal cord injury there is an increased production of a protein (RhoA) that blocks regeneration of nerve cells that carry signals along the spinal cord and prevents the injured tissue from healing. Continue Reading »

Seeking Spinal Cord Injury Patients for Research Using Noninvasive Brain Stimulation

Published: April 2, 2011 | Category: News

Participants must be 18-64 years of age with no history of schizophrenia, or alcohol or drug abuse within the last year.
This study uses a technique called transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). Testing will involve brain stimulation for a total of 16 visits. Research is being conducted at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, located in Boston, MA. You will be compensated $25 per visit for your participation, and parking will be reimbursed. Continue Reading »

Pot for Pain? This Is Your Law on Drugs

Published: December 20, 2010 | Category: News

Canada’s medical marijuana regime in shambles, say critics.

Imagine that you have a painful, debilitating medical or psychological condition. You and your doctor agree that a certain medicine is the best available treatment. Now imagine that, rather than taking your doctor’s note into the nearest drug store and waiting a few minutes while the pleasant young person behind the counter fills your prescription, you have to send off forms to Ottawa and wait as long as eight to 10 months before you can get your medicine. In the meantime, if you find a way to access what you need in a less formal way, you live every day with the prospect of armed men in body armor breaking into your home and arresting you. Continue Reading »

The Brave Ability Of Joni Tada

Published: November 19, 2010 | Category: News

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Especially when it’s a discarded wheelchair.

Tens of thousands of disabled people in developing countries enjoy the dignity of moving about in rehabilitated wheelchairs, thanks to Joni Eareckson Tada.

The minister and disability-rights advocate has touched countless lives with her wheelchair project.

But she might never have had such an impact had it not been for one fateful summer day in 1967.

Just 17, she dived off a raft in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay and fractured her spinal cord, paralyzing herself from the neck down. Continue Reading »

Study Seeks New Way to Enhance Neuron Repair in Spinal Cord Injury

Published: November 16, 2010 | Category: News

Newswise — If researchers could determine how to send signals to cells responding to a spinal cord injury, they might be able to stop one type of cell from doing additional damage at the injury site and instead, coax it into helping nerve cells grow. Continue Reading »