Summary: Many chronic pain patients rely on narcotic/opioid prescriptions to manage their pain. Expected to hit the markets in early 2019, the AI-driven wearable device, called Phyzio can offer a more lucrative alternative to narcotic medication.
Pain is an often-used word in our daily lives. While, it may seem like a basic bodily sensation, the science underlying it quite complex. Ever wonder why and how do we feel pain? In the simplest of terms, pain signals are transmitted through small electrical currents via the nerve cells to the brain. Pain is our brain’s way of warning us of an incoming damage.
Pain can be of two kinds: acute and chronic. For example, when you touch a boiling pot of water and flinch, you experience acute pain. However, sometimes, you may have a long-term damage- such as arthritis or an accident injury; the pain signals persist, and you experience chronic pain. What most us don’t realize is that, chronic pain is a huge medical and economical problem. Chronic pain can cost around $635 billion each year just in America alone (followed by 441 billion Euros in Europe), in medical treatment and lost productivity. Statistics show that about 30% of Americans (and 20% of Europeans) experience chronic pain, in some form. Many chronic pain patients rely on narcotic/opioid prescriptions to manage their pain. With prolonged use, the patients get addicted to opioids and also, tend to require higher doses of the drug. Opiate overdoses have led to many deaths in recent years. Thus, there is a huge void between chronic pain and its management, that needs to be filled with less dangerous options.
Currently, there are a handful of “alternative”, pain management strategies including physical therapy, exercise, acupuncture, and relaxation techniques along with psychological counseling, to cope with the pain.
The latest addition to non-narcotic therapy is a wearable device, called Phyzio. It works in a two-pronged fashion: for pain relief as well as posture correction. It uses a prescription strength electrical stimulation to block chronic pain, instantly. Plus, the inbuilt Artificial Intelligence assisted sensors detect your postures continuously. The AI driven posture trainer corrects your posture optimally & strengthens the affected muscles to prevent future pain. Check out your Personal Relief Assistant- Phyzio here.
Phyzio is expected to hit the markets in early 2019. Already, the initial patient reports sound promising. 75% of tested patients report a pain relief from level 10, dropping down to a level 2.5. Though not a permanent solution, it appears to be a more lucrative alternative to narcotic medication or millions of physiotherapy visits. Moreover, the data from the analysis of pain progress and body posture can improve our understanding of chronic pain.
At the very least, Phyzio’s advanced AI creates personalized pain-relieving program takes us a step closer to the cure of chronic pain. At its best, it can help people with chronic pain lead a relatively more normal, stress-free life.