SPR Therapeutics: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation To Treat Pain
The Smartpatch from SPR Therapeutics LLC stimulates the peripheral nerves that carry the pain signal to the central nervous system. The minimally invasive and reversible neurostimulation system can remain implanted for up to 60 days, offering therapy to patients in acute as well as chronic pain.
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