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Title: 10-kHz High-Frequency SCS Therapy: A Clinical Summary
Authors: Russo M 
Van Buyten JP
Keywords: axial back pain
Chronic Pain
failed back surgery syndrome
high-frequency stimulation
low back pain
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Issue Date: 19-May-2015
Source: 16(5):934-942
Journal Title: Pain Medicine
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: Chronic pain remains a serious public health problem worldwide. A spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy called HF10 SCS uses 10-kHz high-frequency stimulation to provide pain relief without paresthesia. In this article, we describe the therapy, device, and the methods of implant and then review the safety and effectiveness data for this therapy. RESULTS: HF10 SCS uses a charge-balanced stimulation waveform that has been shown to be safe in both animal and human studies. Data from a multicenter, prospective clinical trial shows that the therapy provides substantial back and leg pain relief. Numerous additional reports suggest improved pain relief in other body areas and for complex pain patterns, even for patients who have previously failed other neuromodulation therapies. CONCLUSIONS: The clinical experience reported in this article supports the efficacy and pain relief provided by HF10 SCS therapy. Clinical studies have also concluded that HF10 SCS does not generate paresthesia nor was it necessary to provide adequate coverage for pain relief. As clinical evidence accumulates and technological innovation improves patient outcomes, neuromodulatory techniques will be sought earlier in the treatment continuum to reduce the suffering for the many with otherwise intractable chronic pain.
DOI: 10.1111/pme.12617
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Type: Journal Article
Affiliates: Hunter Pain Clinic
Multidisciplinary Pain Center, AZ Nikolaas, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Study/Trial: Narrative Reviews
Appears in Collections:Scholarly and Clinical

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