The opioid epidemic in the U.S. has reached a critical juncture. This medical device for pain management could be just what we need to combat this pervasive issue.

This article provides information about a device that helps to control pain after medical procedures, which will help reduce the need for opioid medications.

Post-surgery opioid prescriptions have played a serious role in the opioid epidemic in the United States, and many patients continue to take these prescriptions long after they have healed from a medical procedure and no longer need them for pain management. One solution to this problem, developed by SPR Therapeutics, is a device called the SPRINT Peripheral Nerve System. Although there are other non-medication pain relief systems on the market, many of them require invasive surgical procedures.

Moreover, “less invasive devices—which are placed on the surface of the skin and deliver the necessary treatment through electrodes— produce lower-end electrical stimulation. They are not as effective because turning up the therapeutic level can become painful for the patient.”

In fact, “the SPRINT system is a wearable stimulator connected to a wire inserted through the skin. The thread-like wire built into SPRINT is percutaneously placed through the skin via a needle introducer, where it resides in proximity to the targeted nerve that is causing the pain.”

The wire in the SPRINT device is made to be flexible in order to prevent infection. Another important aspect of this system is that it’s designed for the patient to use for 60 days and then it’s removed, unlike many other pain management systems that are designed for permanent use.

Because post-surgical pain management prescriptions have contributed to the opioid epidemic in the United States, the development of devices that provide pain relief without the need for prescription painkillers can provide a practical way to help combat this epidemic. This is a great step in the right direction for ending the opioid crisis in the United States. To read more about what is being done to combat the opioid crisis, see the source article at the RD Mag website.

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