Pain management is a branch of medical science that reduces the pain of patients with chronic pain. Acute pain is the onset of (short-lived) sudden action, while chronic pain persists for a long time, due to which pain management is needed. Pain management devices are used to manage different types of pain such as musculoskeletal pain, nociceptive pain, cancer pain, neuropathic pain, and others. These devices include a variety of devices used for pain relief. Ablation devices, analgesic infusion pumps, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators, and spinal cord stimulators are different types of devices available in the market. Pain management devices can be used to manage and reduce pain in many areas of the body.
In the past few years, the demand for pain management tools has grown rapidly due to the increasing geriatric population and increasing prevalence of osteoarthritis. Five European countries, such as Italy, Spain, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, recorded a high prevalence of peripheral joint osteoarthritis, with the majority of cases aging 55 to 74 years. Moreover, currently, more than 46 million older adults (age 65 years and older) live in the United States, and the number is expected to increase to around 90 million by 2050.
Pain management devices are beneficial for the long-term treatment of pain, especially for chronic conditions such as arthritis and cancer. Pain can be controlled with the use of minimally invasive procedures, radiofrequency ablation, analgesic pumps, or electrical currents.