New Hope for Minnesota Residents with Chronic Pain

Given the national crisis involving opioid abuse, it’s more important than ever for the millions of patients suffering from chronic pain to have access to new non-opioid treatment options. Twin Cities Pain Clinic and Twin Cities Surgery Center is the first facility in Minnesota and the Midwest to offer the Intellis™ platform including the world’s smallest implantable spinal cord stimulator (SCS) for the management of certain types of chronic intractable pain.

Chronic pain is a debilitating condition that can negatively impact all aspects of a person’s life – relationships, work productivity and activities of daily living, yet it remains under-recognized and undertreated.1 Chronic pain is challenging to manage and neurostimulation has been proven to provide effective long-term pain relief and improve quality of life, in addition to being a treatment option for patients interested in trying a non-drug alternative.2-6

Access to a new cutting-edge treatment option should offer new hope to Minnesota residents struggling with debilitating pain, like William “Bill” Kuehl. Bill was one of the first in Minnesota to receive the new Intellis™ SCS device. Bill’s pain started as a result from meningitis and a hip replacement. Since then he has struggled with severe pain in his back and lower limbs. When asked about how his new SCS has affected his quality of life and overall health he responded with, “When the SCS is turned on, life is great! I cannot imagine living without it.”

Bill enjoys nature and considers himself to be a true outdoorsman. He is a wonderful photographer, and with the help of his Spinal Cord Stimulator his is able to continue his passion by catching unique perspectives of wildlife and landscapes. He enjoys spending time with his family, and traveling with his wife, Marilyn. Bill is truly excited for his new Intellis Spinal Cord Stimulator and all of the user-friendly adaptions it has to offer. When asked if he would recommend the treatment option of spinal cord stimulation to others he responded with, “All I can say is, WOW!”

William Kuehl is willing to share his motivating, first-hand experience to help others and Dr. Will also welcomes the opportunity to further discuss chronic pain and treatment options. If you have a question regarding Spinal Cord Stimulation or our treatment options, do not hesitate to call our clinic at 952-841-2345.

Chronic pain has a significant personal impact and the fact that Spinal Cord Stimulation may provide pain relief is extremely important as Minnesota and the nation prepares to combat the opioid crisis. Spinal Cord Stimulation fights pain with technology and is a revolutionary non-opioid therapy.

 

References:

1 Mekhail N, Wentzel DL, Freeman R, Quadri H. Counting the costs: case management implications of spinal cord stimulation treatment for failed back surgery syndrome. Prof Case Manag. 2011;16(1):27-36.

2 North RB., Kidd DH., Farrokhi F, et al. Spinal cord stimulation versus repeated lumbosacral spine surgery for chronic pain: a randomized, controlled trial. Neurosurg; 56: 98–106 (2005).

3 Kumar K., Taylor RS., Jacques L, et al., Spinal cord stimulation versus conventional medical management for neuropathic pain: a multicenter randomised controlled trial in patients with failed back surgery syndrome. Pain; 132: 179–188. (2007).

4 Kemler MA., De Vet HCW., Barendse GAM et al., The effect of spinal cord stimulation in patients with chronic reflex sympathetic dystrophy: two years’ follow-up of the randomized controlled trial. Ann Neurol; 55: 13–18 (2004).

5 Taylor RS, Spinal cord stimulation in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Refractory Neuropathic Back and Leg Pain/Failed Back Surgery Syndrome: results of a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Pain Symptom Manage; 31: S13–S19 (2006).

6 Cameron T, Safety and efficacy of spinal cord stimulation for the treatment of chronic pain – a 20 year literature review. J Neurosurg Spine; 100: 254–267 (2004).

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