An estimated 100 million people in the United States suffer from chronic pain, but spinal cord stimulation may offer relief. At Space City Pain Specialists in Webster, Baytown, and Lake Jackson, Texas, the skilled team of pain management specialists provides the most advanced and cutting-edge interventional pain treatments available, such as spinal cord stimulators. If you’re looking for solutions for chronic pain, call Space City Pain Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is an implantable neuromodulation treatment for pain relief. Neuromodulation techniques alter the nerve activity in specific areas of your body. With SCS, electrical stimulation interrupts and weakens the pain signals sent from your nerves to your spine and brain.
There are several types of SCS devices, but they all have the same components:
While SCS doesn’t eliminate the source of your pain, it significantly reduces your pain sensations. In many cases, men and women with spinal cord stimulation devices only feel a tingling sensation instead of severe pain.
Your doctor might recommend SCS if you’ve undergone other pain management treatments but continue to endure chronic back, neck, or lower extremity pain.
Your doctor implants your small spinal cord stimulator underneath your skin near your spine. This device delivers mild pulses of electric current to the nerve fibers of your spinal cord through a small wire. When activated, SCS interferes with your pain and reduces the sensations by the time they reach your brain.
Once the stimulator is in place, you can turn it on and off and also adjust its settings using a handheld remote control.
There are numerous advantages to spinal cord stimulation, but your pain management specialist works closely with you to determine if you’re an ideal candidate.
Conditions that respond well to spinal cord stimulation include:
To see if spinal cord stimulation is an effective treatment option for your pain, your doctor often recommends a trial period to test your response before implanting your device.
SCS is generally not an option for people who have certain types of cardiac pacemakers, are prone to developing infections near the spine, have psychiatric conditions affecting their pain, suffer from bleeding disorders, or have an untreated drug addiction.
For more information on spinal cord stimulation implants and trials, call Space City Pain Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.