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Fast Facts: Chronic Pain and HF10

Chronic Pain: A Debilitating, Under-Treated and Costly Condition That Can Lead to Opioid Overuse

In 2014, U.S. retail pharmacies dispensed 245 million prescriptions for opioid pain relievers2. Of these prescriptions, 65% were for short-term therapy (3, but three to four percent of the adult population (9.6 million to 11.5 million persons) were prescribed longer-term opioid therapy.4

Current Treatments Leave Room for Improvement

A Significant Improvement for Chronic Pain: HF10, High-Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation

Clinical Data Demonstrates Superiority and Reduced Opioid Use

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  3. Volkow ND, McLellan TA, Cotto JH, Karithanom M, Weiss SR. Characteristics of opioid prescriptions in 2009. JAMA 2011;305:1299-301.
  4. Boudreau D, Von Korff M, Rutter CM, et al. Trends in long-term opioid therapy for chronic non-cancer pain. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2009;18:1166-75
  5. Rose A Rudd et al., "Increases in Drug and Opioid Overdose Deaths—the United States, 2000–2014," MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report 64, no. 50-51 (2016)
  6. The Opioid Crisis among the Privately Insured - FAIR Health White Paper 2016
  7. Senza Summary of Safety and Effectiveness Data (SSED). Published May 8, 2015.
  8. Kapural L, et al. Comparison of 10-kHz High-Frequency and Traditional Low-Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation for the Treatment of Chronic Back and Leg Pain: 24-month Results from a Multicenter, Randomized, Controlled Pivotal Trial. Neurosurgery. Published 09 2016.
  9. A sinAl-Kaisy A, Van Buyten J-P, Smet I, Palmisani S, Pang D, Smith T. Sustained effectiveness of 10 kHz high-frequency spinal cord stimulation for patients with chronic, low back pain: 24-month results of a prospective multicenter study. Pain Med. 2014; infection or cold
  10. Al-Kasiy A, et. al., Long-Term Improvements in Chronic Axial Low Back Pain Patients Without Previous Spinal Surgery: A Cohort Analysis of 10-kHz High-Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation over 36 Months. Pain Medicine. Published 10 2017.