Spinal Cord Stimulators

A spinal cord stimulator (SCS), also referred to as a dorsal column stimulator, is a medical device implanted under your skin that sends a mild electric current to your spinal cord through a small wire attached to a pulse generator. By interrupting the pain signal from reaching your brain, the electrical current effectively reduces your pain. Spinal cord stimulation works by using low voltage stimulation to the spine. This treatment method can help patients better manage their symptoms and potentially reduce their use of pain medications. It may be considered as an option if you have chronic arm or leg pain that hasn't responded to other treatments. When turned on, the stimulation creates a mild tingling sensation in the area where the pain is felt.

Spinal Cord Stimulation For Chronic Pain

The dorsal column stimulator, commonly referred to as a spinal cord stimulator, is an implantable device that delivers a low-level electric current to the spinal cord via a wire attached to a pulse generator, which is surgically placed under the skin. The electric current interrupts pain signals from reaching the brain, resulting in a mild tingling sensation where pain is felt.

The electrical current transmitted by the implanted spinal cord stimulator interrupts the pain signal from reaching the brain, leading to a reduction in pain. This low voltage stimulation technique is effective in blocking pain sensation and is facilitated by a small device implanted in the body that transmits the current to the spinal cord. This treatment option can help patients manage symptoms and potentially reduce the need for pain medications, especially if other therapies have failed to provide relief for chronic leg or arm pain.

Spinal Cord Stimulation – The Benefits

The safety and effectiveness of neuromodulation and spinal cord stimulation have been clinically demonstrated for managing chronic pain, including pain that may persist after spine surgery.

The two main advantages of spinal cord stimulation include:

  1. Doctors can place stimulators on a trial basis. It is possible to use a temporary stimulator device at home for about 5-6 days prior to undergoing a permanent implantation.
  2. Need for oral pain medications is decreased significantly or eliminated completely.

Other benefits of this therapy include:

  • Pain is reduced significantly (in the back and extremity)
  • Functioning is improved
  • Patients can participate in day to day activities
  • Reversible and nondestructive pain relief (turning off the therapy or surgical removal)
  • Adjustment of the therapy based on pain level

Pain management techniques have evolved to include treatments for various conditions such as pelvic pain, non-cardiac chest pain or angina, and chronic abdominal pain that is not associated with inflammatory bowel disease. Furthermore, recent research has demonstrated that spinal cord stimulation can lead to improved blood flow in patients with peripheral vascular disease. This highlights the expanding scope and potential of pain management interventions.

Neuromodulation Pain Treatment at Neuro Spine & Pain Center

Our team of skilled and experienced physicians holds specialization in neuromodulation, an advanced field known for using techniques including spinal cord stimulation and deep brain stimulation. We use these treatments in combination with compassionate and comprehensive approach to patient care. This offers exceptional pain relief experience to our patients with chronic pain.

Neuro Spine & Pain Center is committed to offer world class treatments to patients using our specialized clinical trial programs. These programs are aimed at offering life-changing treatments not accessible anywhere. We would advise you to explore the present clinical trials for Pain Management and understand the benefits of these innovative therapies.

Visit us at our clinic to explore the benefits of spinal cord stimulation or deep brain stimulation for pain management. Our team of experts is dedicated to finding the most effective and tailored solutions to address your unique pain management needs. Schedule a consultation with us to learn more about how these treatments can benefit you.

Best Spine Surgeons and Pain Specialists

Dr. William Schnapp

Board-certified Neurologist

Dr. Jon Gottlieb

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Dr. Doug Hollern

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Jorge Lerma, ARNP


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