On average, people living with chronic pain and movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, will travel more than 150 miles to find relief and be treated with deep brain stimulation (DBS) implants, helping those whose symptoms are not controlled with medications.
Although it has become commonplace for people to use telehealth as a way of communicating with their physicians, patients who needed adjustments to their DBS implants were not previously able to take advantage of telehealth and needed to be seen in the doctor’s office.
But now, a first-of-its-kind technology available in the United States, known as the NeuroSphere™ Virtual Clinic, allows physicians to not only communicate remotely with patients, but also use the new platform to adjust the patient’s stimulation device to regulate optimal settings and provide pain relief and tremor control, while evaluating the results in real time.
Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the NeuroSphere™ Virtual Clinic has the potential to increase access to optimal treatment for patients suffering from chronic pain or movement disorders who don’t live close to a care provider, have difficulty accessing care, or are unable to go to the doctor for a variety of circumstances.
Dr. Juan Ramirez-Castenada from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and his patient, Darryn Wright who lives near Dallas and has been living with Parkinson’s disease, will share important information about the new virtual technology and how it has dramatically affected Darryn’s quality of life.