by Amar Parikh MD MBA

HFX IQ App on Mobile PhoneChronic pain is a debilitating condition that affects millions of people around the world. It is a type of pain that lasts longer than three months and can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury, illness, or nerve damage. Chronic pain can be difficult to manage, and traditional pain management methods, such as medications and physical therapy, may not always be effective.

Fortunately, advances in technology and medicine have led to the development of new and innovative pain management therapies, including HFX IQ, an artificial intelligence-based therapy that can help patients control their chronic pain.  Artificial intelligence may soon integrate into all facets of our lives and our approach to pain management is included. 

What is HFX IQ?

HFX IQ is a new therapy in pain management that uses artificial intelligence to control pain. It is a minimally invasive treatment that involves the use of a small device that is implanted under the skin. The device is connected to electrodes that are placed near the spinal cord, and it uses advanced algorithms to deliver electrical impulses that control pain signals that are firing aberrantly.  

How does it work?

HFX IQ System ComponentsHFX IQ works by using advanced algorithms and artificial intelligence to analyze a patient’s pain signals and customize the therapy to meet their specific needs. The therapy is designed to be personalized, so each patient’s treatment plan is unique.

The HFX IQ device is implanted under the skin, and the electrodes are placed near the spinal cord. The device then sends electrical impulses to control nerve pain. The therapy is managed by a handheld device that the patient can use to adjust the intensity and frequency of the electrical impulses.

HFX IQ is designed to be a long-term solution for chronic pain management. Patients can adjust the therapy as needed to manage their pain, and the device can be turned off or even removed if necessary.  

What are the benefits?

HFX IQ offers several benefits over traditional pain management methods. First and foremost, it is a minimally invasive treatment.  HFX IQ is also a personalized treatment that can be customized to meet each patient’s specific needs. The therapy is designed to be long-term, so patients can manage their pain without the need for medication or frequent doctor visits.

Another benefit of HFX IQ is that it can help patients avoid the side effects associated with traditional pain management methods. Medications, such as opioids, can cause a range of side effects, including drowsiness, constipation, and nausea. HFX IQ does not have these side effects, making it a feasible alternative for chronic pain.

Is HFX IQ right for me?

HFX IQ may be an appropriate treatment option for patients who have tried traditional pain management methods without success.  It can be customized to meet each patient’s specific needs.

Patients who are interested in HFX IQ should talk to their doctor to determine if the therapy is right for them. A doctor can evaluate a patient’s medical history and current health status to determine if HFX IQ is an appropriate treatment option.

What are the potential risks and side effects?

Like all medical procedures, HFX IQ does carry some risks and potential side effects. The most common side effect is discomfort or pain at the site of the implantation, which can be managed with medication. 

In rare cases, the device can cause infection or nerve damage. Patients should monitor the site of the implantation for any signs of infection, such as redness or swelling, and contact their doctor if they experience any unusual symptoms.

HFX IQ is also not recommended for patients who have pacemakers or other electronic devices implanted in their bodies.

Chronic pain can be a difficult condition to manage, but new and innovative treatments, such as HFX IQ, are utilizing artificial intelligence to drive pain management for the next generation.

Dr. Parikh earned his medical degree from Albany Medical College after participating in a combined BA/BS/MBA program at Union College in Schenectady. He held a medical internship with the Department of Internal Medicine at Albany, and a residency in anesthesiology at Beth Israel. Most recently, he completed his Fellowship in Pain Management at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.


Amar Parikh MD MBA
Pain Management
President/Managing Partner