DRUG-FREE PAIN MANAGEMENT FOR LEG PAIN
THE NEED FOR RELIEF
David was riding his motorcycle when an intoxicated driver hit him. David’s left leg was severed above his knee. Fortunately, he survived; however, his new life was marked by excruciating phantom limb pain.
I found most pain medications ineffective and I was reluctant to take them anyway.”
“It felt like my leg was reliving the accident,” he says. “I felt tons of pressure pushing my left foot in, and the femur being pushed out, just as it happened during the accident.” David says at that time his pain level was at a 10. It was so bad that he sometimes couldn’t sleep – for days. He found most pain medications ineffective and was reluctant to take them anyway. He assumed he would have to live with the pain.
HOPE WITH SPRINT
David wanted to avoid opioids. He’d seen several friends get hooked and didn’t want that to happen to him. Around a year after his accident, David was outfitted with SPRINT Peripheral Nerve Stimulation System. A thread-like wire, the MicroLead™, is placed close to the nerve that’s registering pain, to administer electrical pulses from a small wearable stimulator.
David wore the device for the recommended 60 days and experienced significant pain relief – his pain went from a 10, the most excruciating level of pain, to a 2.