When your chronic back pain resists conventional treatment, a spinal cord stimulator may provide the relief you need. Arun Kandra, MD, and Vivek Das, MD, at Premier Spine & Pain Management specialize in effective pain relief using advanced interventional treatments like spinal cord stimulation. To learn more about how spinal cord stimulators target the source of your pain, call one of the offices in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, or use online booking to schedule an appointment. The practice has locations in Easton, Pennsylvania, and Somerset, Hillsborough, Succasunna, and Middletown, New Jersey.
Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy Q & A
What health problems are treated with a spinal cord stimulator?
Spinal cord stimulators relieve chronic back or leg pain arising from health conditions that cause inflamed or pinched spinal nerves. These are a few of the conditions that spinal cord stimulation can treat:
- Herniated disc
- Bone spurs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Failed back surgery
- Complex regional pain syndrome
Your doctor at Premier Spine & Pain Management may also recommend a spinal cord stimulator for pain caused by peripheral neuropathy or peripheral vascular disease.
How does a spinal cord stimulation therapy relieve pain?
Spinal cord stimulators send a mild electrical current to targeted spinal nerves. The electricity blocks or masks pain signals sent from spinal nerves to your brain.
When pain signals don’t make it to your brain, you stop feeling the pain even though the source of the pain is still there.
How is a spinal cord stimulator implanted?
Spinal cord stimulators have three pieces: a small pulse generator, flexible wires (leads) that connect to the generator, and a controller. You’ll use the remote controller to turn the device on and off and change the settings.
Your doctor at Premier Spine & Pain Management implants the generator under your skin, usually in your abdomen, upper buttocks, or upper chest, depending on the area that’s most comfortable for you.
Using a real-time X-ray to guide placement of the leads, your doctor inserts the lead wires along your spine in an area called the epidural space. Then he positions the leads near the nerves causing your pain.
How will I know whether a spinal cord stimulation therapy will relieve my pain?
Before a generator is implanted, you go through a trial period. Your doctor at Premier Spine & Pain Management must still place the lead wires alongside your spinal nerves, but you’ll wear the generator around your waist.
While you wear the generator, your doctor may ask you to keep a record noting your degree of pain at different times of the day. After 5-7 days, you talk with your doctor about how well it relieved your pain and decide whether you want the generator implanted.
If you suffer from chronic pain and would like to learn whether you’re a good candidate, call Premier Spine & Pain Management or book an appointment online.