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Blue Water Pain Specialists of St. Clair Shores Recognized as a Stimwave Center of Excellence

National program highlights innovative, minimally invasive, non-opioid treatment option for chronic pain patients

St. Clair Shores, MI — Oct. 10, 2019 — Stimwave Technologies, the leading innovator of wireless medical pain relief implant bioelectric technology, announced today that it named the Blue Water Pain Specialists of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, a Stimwave Center of Excellence as part of its national program to spotlight physicians that provide unparalleled commitment and dedication to patient outcomes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of 2016, an estimated 50 million U.S. adults suffered from chronic pain.[i] The Stimwave Centers of Excellence program recognizes facilities that are dedicated to creating an inclusive and evidence-driven environment for chronic pain patients, and have demonstrated a high degree of clinical competence in helping appropriate patients utilize Stimwave’s unique and advanced micro-technology.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of this important initiative to help advance standards of care for patients suffering from chronic pain. Stimwave’s Wireless Pain Relief® technology is revolutionizing the industry and creating novel techniques to treat pain. It truly is a game changer,” said Dr. Ryan Pollina, Medical Director of pain medicine at St. John Hospital and Medical Center and Founder of Blue Water Pain Specialists.

“Stimwave is excited to welcome Dr. Pollina and Blue Water Pain Specialists as the newest Center of Excellence and we look forward to working together as we continue to provide patients with non-opioid, state of the art pain management options,” said Dr. Andrea M. Trescot, Chief Medical Officer of Stimwave.

Stimwave offers the world’s smallest wireless, battery-free, opioid-free implant (5% of the size of conventional, older technologies) cleared by the FDA to treat chronic pain throughout the body, including back and leg pain, shoulder pain, wrist pain, elbow pain, knee pain, hip pain and more.

As a Stimwave Center of Excellence, Dr. Pollina will give back to the greater Stimwave community through voluntary engagement in a committee to provide critical, ongoing feedback and insights in the areas of clinical, product, procedural, reimbursement and education.

About Blue Water Pain Specialists

Dr. Pollina started Blue Water Pain Specialists with a goal to provide outpatient pain management to improve quality of life by helping people live with chronic pain. Its skilled specialists and doctors specialize in Anesthesiology and Pain Management. Dr. Pollina is a board certified, fellowship trained Pain Medicine physician. He has been voted one of "Hour Magazine's Top Doctors" every year in practice since 2013. Dr. Pollina earned his medical degree from Wayne State University, completed his residency in anesthesiology at Northwestern University and a fellowship in pain management at the University of Michigan before coming back to the Detroit area to practice pain management. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology and American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.

About Stimwave

Stimwave Technologies Incorporated is a privately held medical device company engaged in the development, manufacture, and commercialization of wirelessly powered, injectable, microtechnology neurostimulators, providing patients with a convenient, safe, minimally invasive, and highly cost-effective pain management solution that is easily incorporated into their daily lives. Stimwave’s goal is to evolve its patented, cutting-edge platform into the default for neuromodulation, increasing the accessibility for patients worldwide while lowering the economic burden of pain management.


[i] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevalence of Chronic Pain and High-Impact Chronic Pain Among Adults — United States, 2016. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. September 14, 2018. 67(36);1001–1006.

Key Takeaways
  • Life-changing technological breakthrough for more than 400 million people worldwide who endure daily chronic pain
  • Stimwave offers the world’s only wireless, battery-free, opioid-free implant cleared by the FDA to treat chronic neuropathic pain throughout the body
  • Blue Water Pain Specialists of St. Clair Shores named Stimwave Center of Excellence for advancing standards of care for chronic pain patients
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