Restorative neurostimulation is designed to address the underlying cause of mechanical low back pain by helping patients restore neuromuscular control of the multifidus muscle.
Is Restorative Neurostimulation right for me?
WHAT CONDITIONS DOES IT TREAT?
Patients selected for this procedure usually have mechanical low back pain for at least 6 months and not found relief from conservative therapies including injections, medications, and physical therapy. The most common diagnosis for Restorative Neurostimulation is Multifidus Dysfunction.
How does it work to control my pain?
By stimulating the nerves that activate the multifidus muscle, it overcomes neural inhibition and allows the body to regain control of the multifidus, providing functional lumbar stability and reducing mechanically-based pain.
The therapy program is simple: using a remote control, the patient activates a 30-minute therapy session twice a day, which allows the system to contract and relax the multifidus muscle via the stimulation of the medial branch nerve. This presents a comfortable sensation that the patient can perform while resting in bed or on the couch.
PREPARING FOR TREATMENT
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT from the treatment?
The device is implanted underneath the skin during a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure. A generator is connected to two electrical leads, which are positioned to stimulate the nerves that control your multifidus muscle.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
After the procedure, the patient controls their twice-daily 30 min therapy sessions using a hand-held remote. 8 out of 10 patients reported substantial improvements in pain and/or function. 7 out of 10 patients voluntarily eliminated or reduced their opioid intake*
*Percent of patients that were on opioids at baseline: (1-Year= 31/65), (2-Year= 34/57), (3-Year= 36/51).
Clinical study data shows that patients experience progressive long-term improvements in pain and function, over time, demonstrating a durable, consistent, and restorative result.*
* Three-Year Durability of Restorative Neurostimulation Effectiveness in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain and Multifidus Muscle Dysfunction. Neuromodulation Journal. Sept. 2022. Gilligan et. al.