Implant lets chronic pain sufferers lessen aches

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Small spine implants can help numb pain in patients dealing with chronic aches and agony.

The technology, by Abbott Laboratories, works by the patient receiving an implant in their body that stimulates an area of the spine.

The implant interacts with an area called the dorsal root ganglion via remote control operated by the patient. Pain processed here is from certain areas of the body can be counteracted with electricity from the device.

A patient with chronic pain told Bloomberg the implant doesn't eliminate pain completely but can help make something they can live with.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Depiction of device
2. Depiction of dorsal ganlion root
3. Depiction of person using controller to dull pain

VOICEOVER (in English):

"Abbott Laboratories has developed an implant that helps mitigate pain by stimulating an area of the spine after the device is inserted into a patient's body."

"The device interacts with the dorsal root ganglion, and is controlled by the patient via remote control."

"Pain that is processed in this area is counteracted with electrical pulses produced by the device."

"A patient with chronic pain told Bloomberg the implant doesn't eliminate pain completely, but can help make it more manageable."

SOURCES: Abbott Laboratohttps://www.sjm.comries, Bloomberg, Press Herald
https://www.sjm.com
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-26/spinal-cord-implants-to-numb-pain-emerge-as-alternative-to-pills
http://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/26/spinal-cord-implants-to-numb-pain-emerge-as-alternative-to-opioids/