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Chronic knee pain treated with neurostimulator.

Naperville Sun HealthAware column:

Relief in sight for man suffering 16 years from knee pain
By: Edward Hospital | Submitted column
March 12, 2014

Thanks to an uncommon use of a fairly common pain control technology — peripheral nerve stimulation — there’s relief in sight for 42-year-old Mick Pfortmiller who has suffered from knee pain for more than 16 years.

Peripheral nerves are those that aren’t in the brain or spinal cord.

Osteoarthritis and injuries from a couple of accidents left the Somonauk construction supervisor with chronic pain in both knees.

He has undergone 14 surgeries, including reconstruction of the ACL ligament and several arthroplasties.

He’s also had periodic cortisone injections, completed countless hours of physical therapy and taken pain medications.

The pain persisted.

But Pfortmiller is young for a total knee replacement, which might only last about 20 years.

Pfortmiller’s family physician, Kenneth Kavanaugh, of Edward Medical Group in Sandwich, told him it was time to consult a specialist in pain medicine. He made an appointment with Dr. Mohammad Khan, who also is a member of the Edward Medical Group and a board certified specialist in interventional pain medicine with the Edward Neurosciences Institute.

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