A Prospective Six-Month Study of Chronic Pain Sufferers: A Novel OTC Neuromodulation Therapy.

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Objective:To assess the durability of treatment over various chronic pain conditions of an emerging, nonprescription electromagnetic neuromodulation device that uses pulsed shortwave therapy. Methods:A 6-month prospective study, involving 240 chronic pain sufferers, 94% of whom reported using pain pills and 98% reported using pain therapies prior to entering the study. Their average baseline pain was 8.2 VAS points before treatment; they had a pain duration of 6.5 years, and they were positive responders to pulsed shortwave therapy in an initial 7-day trial. Prospective assessments were obtained at intervals of 3, 4, and 6 months following a retrospective 7-day assessment. Longitudinal analyses were conducted to determine pain relief trends after the initial 7-day device use. Results:Seven days after initial treatment, the average pain was reduced to 2.9, a 65% pain reduction for the study subjects. At the 6-month measurement, the average pain was 3.3, a 60% pain reduction from baseline. Only 17% of the subjects saw their pain level increase although this new level was still lower than baseline pain. Pain relief translated into improved quality of life and reduced medication use for the majority of the subjects. There were no significant adverse side effects reported over the 6 months of use. Conclusion:Ninety-seven percent of the recruited subjects, all of whom had previously reported clinically significant pain relief using the 7-day PSWT device, sustained this relief for 6 months by using the device on an as-needed basis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Staelin, R; Koneru, SN; Rawe, IM

Published Date

  • January 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2019 /

Start / End Page

  • 3154194 -

PubMed ID

  • 31687056

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6800946

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1918-1523

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1203-6765

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1155/2019/3154194


  • eng