Spinal Cord Stimulation Uses An Electrical Current To Treat Chronic Pain.
Even though spinal cord stimulation uses Bluetooth wireless leading-edge technology, it’s actually not as complicated as it seems. Your nerves and brain are endlessly communicating with each other. When you feel pain, it’s due to those nerves sending a pain signal to your brain. Spinal cord stimulators block this signal pathway resulting in less pain and a better overall life for you. If you’re seeking help for pain management, please contact Progressive Pain & Interventional Psychiatry’s office to schedule a comprehensive consultation – (214) 826-8000 or book your appointment online today.
Typical Benefits Of Spinal Cord Stimulation:
- Improves neck, lumbar back, joint, and nerve pain in patients
- Effective in patients with failed back surgery syndrome
- Reduction in use of pain medication
How Spinal Cord Stimulation Works
Spinal cord stimulation, or neurostimulation, sends a series of electrical pulses (signals) to the spinal cord which interferes with and then reduces any pain signals you have in that particular area.
Initially, you’ll be evaluated to see if you’re a candidate for spinal cord stimulation. During an outpatient trial of 5-7 days, Progressive Pain & Interventional Psychiatry will implant a temporary electrode through the skin to see if stimulation can minimize your pain. While similar to an epidural injection, this procedure differs in that instead of putting steroid into the epidural space, a small wire electrode is placed instead.
The spinal stimulator lead is a soft, insulated wire with electrical leads. A needle is used to guide this wire, which is only the size of a human hair, into the epidural space. This procedure is performed with the fluoroscopic guidance of a live X-ray to help precisely target and place the device during your procedure. An attached stimulating device sends the pulses to interfere with the pain signaling pathway. Most patients experience nothing more than a mild tingling sensation.
If the procedure does reduce your pain, Progressive Pain & Interventional Psychiatry can implant a permanent pulse generator under your skin in a short outpatient procedure. In our commitment to provide the best options for patients, we use wireless devices with our spinal cord stimulators to control the implant. This procedure provides a high level of comfort for the patient without the need for medication and the subsequent medication related side effects.
Conditions Treated With Spinal Cord Stimulation :
Spinal cord stimulation through Progressive Pain & Interventional Psychiatry is a common treatment for severe, chronic pain caused by a variety of conditions. These conditions include:
- Lumbar degenerative disc disease
- Lumbar radicular pain
- Bulging disc
- Failed back surgery syndrome
- Sciatica or lumbar radiculitis
- Cervical degenerative disc disease
- Cervical radicular pain
- Cervical spinal stenosis
- Knee osteoarthritis (OA) and degeneration
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Central sensitization
- Nerve root compression
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Neuropathic pain (pain marked by burning, tingling or numbness)
- Little or no relief from surgery, pain medications, nerve blocks or physical therapy
- Chronic pain in your back, arms or legs that has lasted at least six months
Spinal Cord Stimulation For Pain Relief With Integrated Pain Consultants
If you are suffering from acute or chronic and ready to achieve the relief you deserve, please contact Progressive Pain & Interventional Psychiatry and we’ll discuss the pain management treatment plan that is right for your situation.
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