Medtronic is continually advancing neurostimulation therapy to improve quality of life for patients with chronic pain. Adaptive stimulation, or AdaptiveStim®, reduces the need to manually adjust your stimulation level when you change positions. This new technology is available only from Medtronic, exclusively with the RestoreSensor® neurostimulator.
Throughout each day, you change position repeatedly – from sitting to lying down, from lying down to standing up, from standing to being upright and active (walking, jogging, etc.). As you change positions, your spinal cord may move closer to or further from the electrodes that send out the mild electrical pulses. A stimulation level that blocks your pain when you’re standing may be uncomfortable when you’re lying down. As a result, you may have to adjust stimulation with your programmer.
Before RestoreSensor, all neurostimulation systems may have required you to adjust stimulation settings with your programmer when you change position so that stimulation remains comfortable. With AdaptiveStim, you can be active without having to adjust your stimulation setting. AdaptiveStim automatically adjusts it for you.
“When I’m standing, when I’m walking, [AdaptiveStim] is just automatic, it just goes right to the setting that I need, which gives me freedom from the [programmer], and that’s a plus.”
AdaptiveStim remembers the stimulation level that you have chosen in each position and automatically adjusts the setting the next time you move into that position. AdaptiveStim, available only from Medtronic:
"I say set it and forget it, that’s the way it works with me."
AdaptiveStim uses an accelerometer similar to what is used in smart phones and gaming devices to detect a change in position. Just as a smart phone knows if it’s being used vertically or horizontally and adjusts the screen image, AdaptiveStim knows if you are sitting or standing, lying down, or upright and active, and adjusts your settings.
"Whatever activities that you're doing, you can do them without the spikes, without the jolts, without the drops. It's just a constant level of comfort and ease."
A recent clinical study on RestoreSensor with AdaptiveStim found: