BRADENTON, Fla. — Interventional pain management specialist Dr. Richard H. Bundschu with Coastal Orthopedics Sports Medicine & Pain Management was among the contributors to the SENZA-RCT 24-Month Outcomes Publication, which was selected as the Top Pain Paper of the Year by Neurosurgery.
Neurosurgery, the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), selected the pivotal study, which is at the forefront of a possible shift in the way pain management physicians help their patients manage chronic neck and arm pain.
Dr. Bundschu is one of the principal investigators for the Nevro study — a landmark clinical trial to test the effectiveness of the Silicon Valley-based medical device company’s spinal cord stimulators in treating ongoing neck and upper extremity body pain. Spinal cord stimulators have previously been used to treat chronic pain in the lower back, torso and legs when pain medications, injections and physical therapy are ineffective.
It’s the largest prospective randomized clinical trial ever conducted to assess the treatment of chronic back and leg pain, and the first to evaluate comparative effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapies.
“I am proud to be a part of this groundbreaking and significant study,” said Dr. Bundschu. “Coastal Orthopedics was one of six locations nationwide selected to participate in the Nevro study, which began in June 2012, and since that time, it has yielded promising results.”
Dr. Bundschu worked with Nevro on two prior studies, including a low back study, which helped the company’s groundbreaking products earn U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval.
Each paper, beginning with initial selection from the pool of papers published between June 2016 and June 2017, was subject to a rigorous review process by Neurosurgery’s editorial board.
About Coastal Orthopedics Sports Medicine & Pain Management
Founded in 1973 and based in Bradenton, Fla., Coastal Orthopedics is home to 19 orthopedic surgeons and pain management physicians who maintain hospital affiliations with Blake Medical Center, Manatee Memorial Hospital and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. In addition to three offices and two ambulatory surgery centers each servicing Florida’s West Coast, Coastal Orthopedics’ board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians and surgeons provide patients with the very latest in pain and orthopedic treatment technology. The company strives to repair and heal injuries relating to the entire musculoskeletal system.
For more than 40 years, our highly skilled staff of physicians and surgeons has treated patients in specialty care including sports medicine, joint replacement, pain management and rehabilitation. Patients can experience restoration of function both surgically and non-surgically through the use of physician-guided strengthening, therapy, medications, injections and stretching. For more information, please visit CoastalOrthopedics.com or call 941-792-1404.
About Dr. Richard H. Bundschu
Dr. Richard H. Bundschu is an internationally recognized leader in pain management who is proficient with spinal injections, facet injections, radio-frequency, vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty and implantable spinal cord stimulators. He received his doctor of medicine from the University of Miami, where he also completed a residency in anesthesia and a fellowship in pain management. As a recognized expert, he trains other pain management physicians for The Spinal Interventional Society and maintains board certifications with the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Pain Medicine, the American Board of Pain Management and the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians.