Some who feel the pain are feeling it no more

By Jade Cunningham |

Published 08/15 2014 05:53AM

Updated 08/15 2014 06:13AM

A break-through in pain management has made its way to one Arkansas Hospital.

In April, the FDA approved the Protege IPG Device.

And since then, UAMS Neurosurgeon, Dr. Erika Peterson, has implanted the device in more than a dozen patients.

"My legs, I could hardly walk and that's just a minor job," said one patient.

Walking was no easy task for Steve Moore before he met Dr. Erika Peterson at UAMS.

"It's like an electrical pulse sometimes," said Moore. "It will kind of cover the pain up. It'll kind of block it out. Some of the programs I got will block out my legs all the way down."

That pain control, thanks to this small device known as Protege IPG.

Dr. Peterson bringing that device to Arkansans for the first time.

"This uses electrical simulation rather than medicine to change how the brain perceives pain," said Peterson. "A lot of people find that narcotics and other pain medicines interfere with how they want to function during their life."

The device is implanted into the lower back and a small wire is placed in the spine.

It's controlled by this hand held device giving the person the power to adjust the vibrations.

For patients like Steve, an alternative to heavy pain medication.

"I've done somethings you know, like mowing the grass," said Moore. "I just started doing that the other day because I had to hire someone to cute my grass."

This story came from our Sister Station in Little Rock, by Hillary Hunt.

A little more about the device, with medical technology constantly changing this device is unique because it has the ability to have a software upgrade without being removed from the body.

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