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Chronic Pain Management

Move more patients from pain to relief

A large, costly and growing problem, chronic pain affects approximately 1.5 billion people worldwide—more than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined.1

Whether your patients experience precise or pervasive pain, our advanced approach to neuromodulation, with two superior and proven therapies, gives you the opportunity to provide better relief.††,2,4-5 Our proprietary dorsal root ganglion (DRG) therapy targets certain intractable focal pain of the lower limbs caused by CRPS,*,2 while our spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy, with revolutionary BurstDR™ stimulation,** helps relieve pain felt broadly in the back, arms and/or legs. With two distinct therapies for different types of chronic pain, only from St. Jude Medical, you can maximize patient outcomes by tailoring relief—because all pain is not equal.

Additionally, our radiofrequency ablation portfolio provides a minimally invasive alternative to back-pain management.

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Related Portfolio

Learn about our additional portfolio for innovative chronic pain therapy.

Radiofrequency Therapy Portfolio

Manage pain earlier in the continuum of care with advancements in radiofrequency therapy technology backed by St. Jude Medical quality and innovation.

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BurstDR™ Stimulation: The Naturally Superior Choice

BurstDR™ stimulation,** exclusively from St. Jude Medical, is a proven technology—inspired by nature—that revolutionizes neurostimulation by treating the whole patient.6-8 Not only does BurstDR stimulation offer your patients superior pain relief over tonic stimulation from chronic pain that is broadly felt in the back, arms and/or legs, it also relieves the suffering*** associated with chronic pain.4,5

A majority of patients say that they prefer BurstDR™ stimulation when compared to traditional tonic stimulation. 4,5

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DRG Therapy: Expand Your Reach

Now you can help patients with focal chronic intractable pain due to complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS*) that you could not comprehensively treat before. 

Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation is a clinically proven new therapy designed to deliver precise stimulation for your patient’s unique needs. It expands the range of neurostimulation options you can offer and sets a new standard of care that may help you significantly improve patients’ lives.

The DRG has emerged as an exciting new target for the management of focal intractable chronic pain.

Watch the video to see how DRG therapy works, and learn about the only FDA-approved system specifically designed to stimulate the DRG, the Axium™ Neurostimulator System.

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Transforming the Treatment of Chronic Pain

Inspired by the needs and challenges of patients with chronic pain, we believe that further innovation in the management of chronic pain will result in more effective outcomes. That is why we invest in the development of objective clinical outcomes, new therapy options and patient-centric system features that we believe will lead to an improved quality of life for more patients.

Partner with us to treat more patients with better results and transform the lives of more patients suffering from chronic pain.

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*Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS I/II, Causalgia): According to the National Health Service (NHS), pain associated with CRPS is typically caused by an injury and is usually confined to one limb, but can spread to other parts of the body. Pain symptoms include burning, stabbing or stinging, but may also include a tingling sensation and numbness. Many CRPS patients also report symptoms of hyperalgesia (extreme sensitivity to pain) and/or allodynia (experiencing pain from a very light touch).
**BurstDR™ stimulation, patented technology exclusively from St. Jude Medical, is also referred to as Burst stimulation in clinical literature.
***Pain and suffering as measured by VAS.
†Pain that is broadly felt in a large area of the body.
††When compared to traditional tonic spinal cord stimulation.
1. Institute of Medicine. (2011). Relieving Pain in America Report 2011. Retrieved from http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2011/Relieving-Pain-in-America-A-Blueprint-for-Transforming-Prevention-Care-Education-Research.aspx
2. Levy, R., & Deer, T. (2015). Dorsal root ganglion stimulation yielded higher treatment success rate for complex regional pain syndrome and causalgia at 3 and 12 months: A randomized comparative trial. (n = 152). Pain, 158(4), 669-68. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000814. St. Jude Medical ACCURATE IDE study.
3. Schmidt, P. C., Pino, C. A., & Vorenkamp, K. E. (2014). Sacroiliac joint radiofrequency ablation with a multilesion probe: A case series of 60 patients. Anesthesia & Analgesia, 119(2), 460-462. http://dx.doi.org/10.1213/ANE.0000000000000282
4. St. Jude Medical. (2016). St. Jude Medical™ Proclaim™ Neurostimulation System Clinician’s Manual. Plano, TX. SUNBURST IDE study.
5. St. Jude Medical. (2016). St. Jude Medical™ Prodigy™ Neurostimulation System Programming and Reference Manual. Plano, TX. SUNBURST IDE study.
6. De Ridder, D., Vanneste, S., Plazier, M., & Vancamp, T. (2015). Mimicking the brain: Evaluation of St. Jude Medical’s Prodigy Chronic Pain System with Burst Technology. (n = 102). Expert Review of Medical Devices, 12(2), 143–150. http://dx.doi.org/10.1586/17434440.2015.985652
7. Van Havenbergh, T., Vancamp, T., Van Looy, P., Vanneste, S., & De Ridder, D. (2014). Spinal cord stimulation for the treatment of chronic back pain patients: 500-Hz vs. 1000-Hz burst stimulation. Neuromodulation, 18(1), 9-12. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ner.12252
8. Schu, S., Slotty, P. J., Bara, G., von Knop, M., Edgar, D., & Vesper J. (2014). A prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to examine the effectiveness of burst spinal cord stimulation patterns for the treatment of failed back surgery syndrome. Neuromodulation, 17(5), 443-450. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ner/12197   
9. Arnst, C., Licking, E., & Barrett, A. (1999). Conquering pain: New discoveries and treatments offer hope. Business Week, 3618, 102-106.
10. Guo, H. R., Tanaka, S., Halperin, W. E., & Cameron, L. L. (1999). Back pain prevalence in U.S. industry and estimates of lost workdays.  American Journal of Public Health, 89, 1029-1035. http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/ajph.89.7.1029

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