Device helps woman walk again


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A Terre Haute woman says after dealing with chronic pain in her legs for years, a device is helping her walk again.

Teresa Pipes has been dealing with chronic leg pain since an auto accident three years ago.

Dr. Allan MacKay of Terre Haute installed a device into her spine called the ‘Precision Spectra’ made by Boston Scientific. It stimulates the spinal cord and helps to block pain in the body.

“It’s programmed to where they can adjust it for their pain,” MacKay said. “If the pain increases, they can adjust it to a higher level.”

And it’s controlled by the patient using a remote control.

“My back is totally better.  Not all of the pain is gone, but about 85 percent of it is,” Pipes stated.

If you suffer from chronic pain, MacKay is hosting an event to talk about different treatment options, including the stimulation device.

He’ll be speaking at the Hilton Garden Inn with the event starting at 6 p.m. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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