Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and SurgiCenter became the first practice in Tennessee to implant a next generation spinal cord stimulator called Precision Spectra™ designed to provide pain relief to a wide range of chronic pain patients. Dr. William Newton, a board-certified physical medicine and pain management physician, conducted one of the first of such procedures in Middle Tennessee. He told us the spinal cord stimulator changes the way your brain perceives the message of pain...
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) may be prescribed for chronic intractable pain of the trunk and/or limbs, including unilateral or bilateral pain associated with failed back surgery syndrome, intractable low back pain and leg pain. Precision Spectra is the world’s first and only SCS device with 32 contacts and 32 dedicated power sources, which expands the level of coverage across the spinal cord and provides greater flexibility for physicians to treat chronic pain. Again, the procedure was performed by Dr. William Newton, a board-certified physical medicine and pain management physician.
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“Precision Spectra is the latest and most advanced SCS device available and Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and SurgiCenter is proud to be the first facility in the state to offer this treatment,” said Dr. Newton. “We now have the potential to provide greater pain relief to patients who suffer from chronic, debilitating pain, which may lead to improved outcomes.”
SCS is a type of therapy in which a patient undergoes a surgical procedure to surgically place an Implantable Pulse Generator. Thin wires, or leads, are then placed in the space above the spinal cord to best target the areas of pain. The ends of the leads contain contacts which send electrical impulses to nerve fibers selectively along the spinal cord, masking the pain message traveling to the brain. The painful sensation is replaced with a soothing, tingling sensation. Until now, SCS systems offered a maximum of 16 contacts and two lead ports. With twice the number of contacts and ports, Precision Spectra, developed by Boston Scientific, offers more coverage of the spinal cord and increased flexibility to adapt to broader and changing pain patterns.
More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain and may struggle to find effective relief through other therapies such as surgery and pain medication.
“Since spine pain can be very complex to treat, many patients cycle through various therapies before finding SCS,” continued Dr. Newton. “I would encourage anyone living with chronic spine pain to talk to their physician to see if SCS is right for them.”
About Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and SurgiCenter
Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and SurgiCenter has earned the trust of our patients for 64 years. We are an independently owned and operated multi-specialty group. Twenty plus specialties, nearly seventy physicians, and as of February 12, 2013, all practicing under one location. Having all of MMC’s physicians and staff back under one roof will help facilitate patient convenience when referrals are needed as well as communication among a patient’s treating physicians. A patient benefits when physicians can collaborate and communicate on a case more easily, and our new building facilitates that communication.