SPINAL CORD STIMULATOR THERAPY
People suffering from neuropathic pain can get a great deal of relief through spinal cord stimulator therapy. When an injury to the nervous system occurs, it can result in sensations of burning or as if being shocked by a live wire. A spinal cord stimulator is a mechanism designed to stimulate the spinal cord and nerves. Positioned just outside the spinal cord, the thin wire send minute electrical pulses into the area being treated.
A spinal cord stimulator is also highly effective for people who suffer chronic pain in the lower back and extremities, as well as the following:
- Leg or back pain following a surgical procedure
- The treatment of pain related to shingles
- Neck or arm pain relief following cervical spine surgery
- Nerve pain associated with diabetes
- Complex regional pain syndrome (also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome)
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE SPINAL CORD STIMULATOR PROCEDURE
During the procedure, a trial placement will be done by inserting one or two fine, pliable leads into the epidural space that runs beside the spine. Once this is done, Dr Neeraj Jain, M.D., will connect the leads to an external generator. The stimulator creates small pulses, generating a more pleasurable sensation than the pain generally felt during normal movement. The placement of the trial leads will take about thirty to forty-five minutes.
You will try out the trial stimulator for approximately three to five days. During this time, you will have complete control regarding the stimulator’s strength, including the choice to turn it off as you see fit. This will give you ample time to decide if the spinal cord stimulator works for you in reducing your neuropathic pain. Should you decide the spinal cord simulator successfully reduces pain and you are comfortable working with the device, you can choose to have the procedure that permanently installs the stimulator. Generally, the spinal cord stimulator will be implanted in your back.
THE ENDURING EFFECT OF A SPINAL CORD STIMULATOR
A spinal cord stimulator is a long-term resolution for neuropathic pain management. Stimulators have successfully and dramatically decreased pain, allowing patients to perform activities that would have caused agony prior to being fitted with one. While a spinal cord stimulator is referred to as a permanent answer to neuropathic pain, the device can be removed at any time in accordance with the patient’s wishes.
Keep in mind, however, that the device’s effectiveness may vary from person to person. That is why a trial period is undertaken prior to the decision to have a spinal cord stimulator more permanently implanted.
SPINAL CORD STIMULATOR THERAPY AT PINNACLE PAIN MANAGEMENT
A comprehensive variety of therapeutic methods is all part of our multi-disciplinary approach in pain management. The fields of psychology, physical therapy, and chiropractics are all at our disposal in developing the very best management program for your pain. Peace of mind, encouragement, and hope are all critical in pain management. And that’s why, in addition to the best medical and therapeutic techniques at our disposal, we tailor a pain management plan to your unique situation.