pain management

Above: Alon Ironi, CEO & Co-Founder, Theranica. Credit: Theranica

By Dean Koh June 16, 2019
Pain is usually an indication something wrong with the body and the typical approach to pain is to take appropriate medicine that will help alleviate that pain. However, taking painkillers will have some side effects and it is more complicated, or even life-threatening for those who are allergic to certain painkillers. Imagine a future where pain can be managed or alleviated using a combination...
By Dave Muoio June 10, 2019
The FDA has granted De Novo clearance to a prescription nerve stimulation device for the reduction of functional abdominal pain. The device is intended for use by adolescents and teens with irritable bowel syndrome in combination with other therapies. Developed by Innovative Health Solutions, the IB-Stim devices is a single-use electrical nerve stimulator. When placed behind the patient’s ear, it...
By Laura Lovett April 29, 2019
Needles can be a source of stress for many patients, particularly in the pediatrics department. But a new study found that employing virtual reality in pediatric care can help children manage pain, according to a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics.  The new study, which zeros in on the use of virtual reality in pediatric emergency departments and outpatient clinics, found that patients...
By Dave Muoio January 15, 2019
A 12-week, 177-participant trial of Hinge Health’s at-home digital program for chronic pain relief significantly reduced users’ lower back pain, disability and interest in surgery. The study, led by employees of the company, was published last week in npj Digital Medicine. Hinge Health’s digital care program (DCP) is designed for numerous musculoskeletal conditions, and consists of app-based...
Oculus Go glasses
By Dave Muoio September 27, 2018
VRHealth has partnered with Oculus on a range of healthcare-focused virtual reality applications to be delivered via the latter’s hardware, the companies announced yesterday at the Oculus Connect event in San Jose, California. The two VR companies are planning pain management offerings designed for mothers experiencing pain in labor and for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, as well as...
By Dave Muoio September 10, 2018
Kiio, maker of an app-based back pain therapy program for health systems and employers, today released data from a one-year pilot of its product. Conducted within the Quartz Health Solutions health plan system, the results suggest that patients who are provided with and use Kiio’s platform experienced decreases in medical spending, visits, filled opioid prescriptions, and other spinal pain-...
By Dave Muoio August 16, 2018
WellBrain, a Bay Area meditation-focused addiction prevention and chronic pain management platform, announced yesterday that it has acquired Mevoked, a behavioral analytics platform that currently offers a digital program for management of perinatal and postpartum mental health conditions. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Inspired by the meditation practices of Tibetian monks, WellBrain’...
By Dave Muoio August 16, 2018
Editor's note: This article has been updated to clarify FDA classification of the Sprint Peripheral Nerve Stinulation system.   Cleveland, Ohio-based SPR Therapeutics announced today that it has received FDA clearance for a new version of its percutaneous, wearable pain management device. With this 510(k) approval, the Sprint Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS) system is now available as a single...
By Dave Muoio May 18, 2018
Although it hasn’t yet established its place as a mainstream treatment modality, virtual reality has grown from an interesting diversion into a frequent topic of conversation within digital health. As researchers continue to dig their teeth into the immersive technology, it’s becoming clear that this new tool, often associated with video gaming and entertainment, could play a role in addressing...
By Laura Lovett January 10, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this text misstated the source of the funding.  There’s no hard and fast rule to measure pain. It can take a long time for a patient to describe his or her feelings to doctors. But a Toronto-based startup, ManagingLife, has created an app that lets patients with chronic pain track their symptoms. This week the company announced that the app, called Manage My Pain...