NANS 2019 was an extremely exciting meeting. The future is bright for pain management has newer and better technologies for treating chronic pain continue to be created to give doctor improved tools to offer to our patients and these innovations were all showcased at this year’s meeting. Much of the innovation in the field seems to be centered on finding different and unique ways to manipulate the nervous system to respond in different ways to meet a given need – whether it be Parkinson’s Disease, incontinence, tremors, movement disorders, pelvic pain, amputee pain, headaches or neuropathic foot pain.
One of the highlights from the conference was something called “closed loop stimulation” by Saluda. This is a once-in-a-lifetime discovery that allows doctors to communicate with the spinal cord and literally see what it is “saying” to the brain…its basically like an EKG but for the spine. Never before in the history mankind, let alone medicine, have we ever had the ability to measure what the spinal cord is doing and evaluate its health. This technology is going to change the face of medicine forever and give pain doctors an amazing amount of insight into treating pain.
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