12 Sep Electrotherapy Gains Grounds in New Areas of Health and Pain Relief
Electrotherapy Gains Grounds in New Areas of Health and Pain Relief
One of the great joys of working in the electrotherapy and bioelectronics space is that each month comes with new information, studies, and testimonials about how devices like our WellnessPro Plus are relieving suffering and helping people who need it most.
This month, we’d like to take a quick look at some of the recent studies and stories that have crossed our desks. We think this will help you see the potential for electrotherapy to have positive impacts on your life and the lives of your patients.
Here are just three ways that electrotherapy is protecting body, mind, and our sense of security.
Back Pain: Electrotherapy Shines Where Pharmaceuticals Fade
Bioelectronic medicine has been proven to provide relief for specific and non-specific low back pain across a very large set of people and may be one of the more effective treatments available as patients try to avoid opioids and other addictive prescriptions.
And these medicines patients fear may not even provide the relief they need, which has the potential to encourage drug-seeking behaviors if small doses are ineffective.
A new study has found that gabapentinoids — an analgesic often prescribed for lower back pain — are likely ineffective at pain management, plus run the risk of introducing new side effects not present with electrotherapy. This review of existing trials found that nearly 40% of those trials indicated no pain relief from the use of gabapentinoids, while the drugs could cause side effects including confusion, dizziness, and fatigue.
Our work with bioelectronics, as well as numerous studies, have shown that it can reduce back pain substantially and that there is a significantly lower risk of such side effects compared to prescriptions.
We’ve already seen this in the case of pain improvement for people recovering from knee surgery.
Depression: Antidepressant Use Is Up, But Bioelectronics Is Showing Promise
The use of antidepressants has risen 65% over the past 15 years, according to an analysis of data from the National Center for Health Statistics. Women are the most common users of antidepressants and are nearly twice as likely as men to report use in consecutive months.
Studies related to the treatment of depression have so far used small populations and subsets, so we cannot safely make large statements about success rates. However, many such small-sample-size studies have found significant relief from self-reported anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Patients are often vocal about their experiences, such as this news report and this personal essay, which we hope will signal a larger need for study in this area. We welcome any direct questions on the role of electrotherapy units like the WellnessPro Plus when it comes to such treatments, so please contact us directly so we can share the latest information we have available.
Saving Your Wallet: Electrotherapy May Help You Reduce Expenses
A recent review of electrotherapy literature shows that there is a potential to reduce costs for patients and practitioners when electrotherapy devices are used for pain management. This publication noted multiple studies where electrotherapy led to fewer emergency department visits or inpatient hospital stays.
While the report focuses largely on determining cost — and saving just one trip to the emergency room can be a major help for any family when it comes to finances — the review also notes that those using electrotherapy were able to reduce needs in physical therapy and reduce the use of pharmacy-related relief such as opioids during pain treatment.
One interesting takeaway is that the non-invasive and non-narcotic nature of the bioelectronics pain relief is that it “may allow physicians to be more aggressive in treating chronic low back pain” and for many, it reduced costs and improved recovery times.
Finances are often a secondary consideration for seeking treatment. By keeping the cost of overall therapy low, bioelectronic devices like the WellnessPro Plus can ensure your patients have a more manageable illness and make them more comfortable with seeking relief.
Do you treat a sizeable number of patients who experience diabetic neuropathy pain, suffer from other neuropathies, or have inflammation and pain they don’t want to treat with prescription drugs? Consider the WellnessPro Plus as a partner to help you bring relief to these and many more of your patients. Learn more about what we treat or contact us directly to get your questions answered.
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