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SPRINT PNS for shoulder pain

Kim  

Daughter of Diane, SPRINT PNS for post-stroke pain

“The pain has gone away and stayed away.

Before SPRINT

One day in April of 2019 changed Kim’s life. Kim was home alone, when suddenly she felt unsteady and fell to the ground. Luckily she was close enough to her phone to call her neighbor who rushed over and called an ambulance.

Kim had a hemorrhagic stroke and later developed CRPS pain from her shoulder to hand. The pain was excruciating and “felt like fireworks running up and down my arm.” The pain significantly impacted her mobility and as a result, Kim’s ability to perform many of the exercises in PT and OT were limited. It was hard just to lift her arm.  

After SPRINT

In July 2019, her pain physician, Dr. Costello of Pain Clinic in Charlotte recommended she have SPRINT PNS. The SPRINT was placed that month. Kim reports that the pain went away the very next day. I was worried about having it removed after the 60 day treatment period, but the pain has gone away and stayed away.”  Seven months later, she is still pain free.  

Kim’s occupational and physical therapists also noticed a change. Because of her pain relief, she was able to more easily move her arm and lift things, which she couldn’t do before SPRINT.  

Now a year from the stroke, Kim is excited to move her life forward without pain. She is back to one of her passions, cooking. She is making strides in PT and OT that weren’t possible before SPRINT. She is sleeping soundly at night without pain. And she is pleased to be able to care for herself.  

Kim

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SPRINT PNS for shoulder pain

Burt

Before SPRINT

Burt continues to be pain free in both shoulders

Burt Kanterman was born, raised and lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is 83 years old and is no stranger to surgery. In fact, he’s had multiple surgeries in his life—surgeries on his hands and thumb, a knee replacement, and a few years back, he had surgery on his right shoulder.

While his shoulder surgery was successful, Burt was experiencing severe chronic shoulder pain after his surgery that varied between a 6 and 10 (on a scale of 0-10, 10 being the most severe pain). He took pain medications but the pain continued.

After SPRINT

Burt sought care from an interventional pain management physician, Dr. David Rosenblum of Anesthesia Associates of Boro Park.  Dr. Rosenblum recommended the SPRINT® extensa™ Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS) system and its two tiny MicroLead™ lead wires were implanted in December of 2018.

Within a few days of starting SPRINT therapy for his right shoulder, Burt experienced a reduction in pain and felt like he was getting stronger. He notes the device was easy to use, and he was able to adjust the stimulation with the remote and recharge the battery on his own.

During the 60-day treatment and since having the leads removed in February 2019, Burt’s right shoulder has been pain-free.

Burt has more recently developed pain in his left shoulder. His orthopedic physician said the only option he could offer was surgery, so Burt went back to see Dr. Rosenblum who prescribed the SPRINT system for his left shoulder pain. Immediately after Burt started SPRINT therapy for his left shoulder in June of 2019, the pain in his left shoulder disappeared. Therapy is now complete, and Burt continues to be pain free in both shoulders.  He is grateful he was able to avoid surgery.

Burt

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SPRINT PNS for shoulder pain

Frank

“It makes me smile to read his journey and what he has been able to accomplish!  A walking miracle in every sense of the word!” – Eileen, Frank’s wife

Before SPRINT

Frank and his wife of 27 years, Eileen, retired to Florida until Frank had a stroke in 2017, forcing them to return to the Atlanta area so that Frank could access the care at Shepherd Center, one of the nation’s top pain medicine and rehab facilities.

The stroke paralyzed the right side of Frank’s body. The pain in his shoulder, and later in his forearm and finger, was so severe “it would take his breath away” according to Eileen. Frank compared the pain to being hit in the shoulder by a baseball bat. With physical therapy for his stroke, and as Frank became more ambulatory, the pain worsened. Even the slightest movement—simple tasks like putting on deodorant or a shirt—triggered his pain. But limiting his movement was contributing to atrophy. It was a vicious cycle.

Frank tried many treatments for his chronic pain including patches, high doses of Nucynta (a narcotic pain medication), and nerve block injections, but none of those treatments brought any pain relief.

After SPRINT

Frank had the SPRINT PNS placed in his shoulder for 60 days from December 2017 through January 2018. The shoulder pain he experienced daily was dramatically reduced from 10 on a scale of 0-10 before SPRINT, to between zero and two after SPRINT.

Frank later had a second SPRINT device to treat his finger and forearm pain. Again, the SPRINT system was successful in reducing his pain, as well as the need for pain medication. With less pain and less medication, Frank was able to get back to his rehabilitation. In addition to physical therapy, Frank was able to do strength, endurance and cardio training.

Frank and Eileen now split their time between their home in Georgia and an apartment in Manhattan. Frank works with a trainer in their apartment gym and enjoys walks around their NYC neighborhood, clocking over 7,000 steps on a good day.  Frank and Eileen are world travelers.  They had put travel on hold following Frank’s stroke but recently went on a 3-week Transatlantic cruise through England and Belgium from New York City.

Frank
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