As attorneys who limit their practice to representing injured workers in Pennsylvania, we see many different conditions which affect various parts of the body. We see injuries to the feet, ankles and knees, the hands, arms and shoulders, the neck, back and the head. The constant? Well, that’s easy – pain. Often severe and devastating, the vast majority of injuries we see cause various degrees of pain.
Given our experience in dealing with folks in debilitating pain, we always have an eye on medical developments and research, especially when it comes to new ways of dealing with pain. And that is what makes the concept of a wearable pain patch being developed by Thimble Bioelectronics, and reported on Gizmag.com, so interesting.
This device is not your typical pain patch, like Duragesic or Fentanyl, which delivers regulated dosages of pain medication through the skin. This new device would actually be a miniature TENS unit (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation). A TENS unit delivers low voltage electrical stimulation, which provides relief without the use of heavy duty narcotic medications, which contain dangerous side-effects.
Instead of needing to use a full size TENS unit for relief, with this device, the injured worker would merely stick on a patch, roughly the size of a band-aid. Unfortunately, this device is still being developed, so it does not appear to be of any immediate help. However, it is always good to see things on the horizon which can potentially provide relief to the injured worker in PA.