Spinal Cord Stimulator
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Spinal cord stimulation is an alternative method of treating chronic lower back pain, ideal for those who have undergone a failed back surgery, experience decreased blood flow to the back, or have another type of severe back and neck pain. Many patients who seek information about spinal cord stimulation have tried prescription drugs, physical therapy, and other types of treatments in an attempt to relieve long-term pain. Unfortunately, those solutions tend to be temporary.
What Is Involved in Spinal Cord Stimulation Treatment?
When you visit one of our pain management offices throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth region, one of our pain relief specialists will place electrodes on your neck and spine in order to relieve the pain and pressure. While we rely on you to let us know where to place the electrodes, we can move them at any time if you don’t feel a sensation of relief. The spinal cord stimulator reduces your pain by sending electrical sensations throughout your back, spine, and neck. If the session shows relief, we send you home with the device for five to seven days to try on your own.
At your follow-up appointment, our doctors will ask you several questions to determine how well the spinal cord stimulation treatment worked for you. If you noticed a marked decrease in pain, we will discuss the possibility of implanting electrodes on your spine and placing a battery-powered device under your skin on a semi-permanent basis. Implanting the device is a minor same-day outpatient procedure. Should your chronic lower back pain not improve, we can remove the device and attempt alternative treatment methods.
Are There Any Risks Involved with Spinal Cord Stimulation?
As with any treatment, Spinal Cord Stimulation does not work for everybody. By conservative estimates, between 50 and 60 percent of people experiencing ongoing back and neck pain find meaningful relief with spinal cord stimulation. Additionally, it does not always eliminate the pain completely. A realistic treatment goal is 50 percent pain reduction. Fortunately, for many patients, that is enough to significantly improve their quality of life.
Possible complications of Spinal Cord Stimulation include an allergic reaction, infection, battery leakage, and skin breakdown. We discuss all risks with you prior to placing the device and do everything possible to mitigate them.
Put an End to Suffering
Chronic back and neck pain can put you on the sidelines of life. Together, you and a Texas Pain Relief Group physician can discuss the potential of Spinal Cord Stimulation for pain relief!