Medtronic DTM spinal cord stimulator shows success in relieving back pain

Spinal Tech

Medtronic has released positive 12-month results from a clinical trial comparing its DTM spinal cord stimulation system to conventional spinal cord stimulation therapy with its Intellis system for the treatment of back pain.

Four things to know:

1. At 12 months, 84 percent of patients treated with the DTM system reported at least 50 percent pain relief, compared to 51 percent of patients treated with conventional spinal cord stimulation.

2. Sixty-nine percent of patients said they favored DTM spinal cord stimulation.

3. Pain relief was calculated by the visual analog scale, which recognizes 50 percent pain relief as a therapy's standard for success.

4. Most DTM spinal cord stimulation patients in the study passed the 50 percent pain relief mark, with 70 percent noting significant relief at 12 months.

Click here for further details on the study.

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