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What patients with chronic pain need to know about spinal cord stimulator and Michigan workers’ compensation.

Medscape is reporting on a new spinal cord stimulator device that has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is the world’s smallest implantable spinal cord stimulator and offers personalized pain relief. New features include fast 1 hour charging and real-time data sharing.

We find this news fascinating because of the number of clients who suffer from chronic pain related to nerve damage. Candidates for spinal cord stimulation have usually failed more conservative measures. It also useful for treatment of individuals with RSD or CRPS.

A spinal cord stimulator device is surgically implanted under the skin and sends a mild electric current to block pain signals. Stimulation does not fix the underlying cause of pain but can ease symptoms. Even a small improvement is significant for people living with chronic pain.

Our experience shows that insurance companies do not want to cover this device. It can cost more than $100,000 to purchase and implant a spinal cord stimulator. Some people find the sensation unpleasant and ultimately have it removed. This creates even more expense for the insurance company.

Michigan workers’ compensation requires payment of all reasonable and necessary medical care. This includes implantation of a spinal cord stimulator if recommended by your doctor. Watch out for insurance companies who refuse because of cost concerns or dispute based upon IME.

Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (844) 201-9497 for a free consultation today.

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Jeffrey E. Kaufman has extensive experience in workers compensation cases and has recovered millions of dollars in benefits for his clients. He believes all injured workers deserve to be on equal footing with insurance companies and employers, and fights tenaciously so their rights are secured and protected.


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