Emerging Technologies Offer Pain Relief Breakthroughs

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With a third of the American population struggling with chronic pain every day, there is a great demand for pain relief solutions. Invasive surgeries have provided really for some, but long recovery times make it a less than optimal option. Pain relievers, both over-the-counter and prescription, have also proven to be useful, however they are not intended to be a long-term solution. Thankfully, a number of technological advances have provided new ways of relieving chronic pain that do not require surgery or the intake of habit-forming potentially medications.

A recent Montana Standard article offers a rundown of the various technology-based treatments that have shown promise in fighting chronic pain. One method involves using bursts of radio waves to heat nerve cells. Called radiofrequency ablation, that procedure effectively short-circuits pain causing nerve cells. Another method called transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation works by delivering low-voltage shocks to muscles that radiate with pain. And yet another method called high frequency spinal cord stimulation has proven to provide long-term pain relief by applying subcutaneous shocks to the area surrounding the spine. Intriguingly, though many of these methods involve treating the body with pulses of electricity, none of them have been found to cause any debilitating side effects. Check out this article to learn about other high-tech methods of providing pain relief.

Read the full article here: New technologies can help short circuit your chronic pain