Spinal Cord Stimulators: Everything You Need to Know
July 15, 2022
If you’re living with chronic pain, you know how difficult it can be to manage daily. Pain medications often have unpleasant side effects, and surgery is not always an option. That’s where spinal cord stimulators come in. But what are they, and how do they work? Read on to learn everything you need about spinal cord stimulators.
What are Spinal Cord Stimulators?
A spinal cord stimulator is a device that is implanted under the skin, with leads that are placed along the spine. The device sends electrical pulses to the spinal cord, which blocks pain signals from reaching the brain.
Who Can Benefit?
Technically, a spinal cord stimulator treats chronic pain that has not responded to other treatments. It may include pain from:
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Failed back surgery syndrome
- Spinal cord injury
- Refractory angina
How Does It Work?
A spinal cord stimulator has three main parts: an electrical pulse generator, leads, and remote control. The pulse generator is implanted under the skin, usually in the lower back. The leads are then threaded through the spine to the area where you’re experiencing pain. The remote control is used to turn the device on and off and to adjust the intensity of the electrical impulses.
Why Should You Consider Spinal Cord Stimulators?
There are many reasons to consider a spinal cord stimulator, but the two most common are minimally invasive and reversible. That means you can have it removed if you decide you don’t like how the device is working or if it’s not providing enough pain relief.
Another reason to consider a spinal cord stimulator is that you can use it with other treatments. For example, you may still take pain medications or receive physical therapy while using a spinal cord stimulator.
Where Can I Get One?
If you’re interested in finding a spinal cord stimulator, the best place to start is with your pain management doctor. At Southeast Pain and Spine Care, we offer a wide range of pain management treatments, including spinal cord stimulators. We will work with you to create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Are There Any Risks Involved?
As with any surgery, some risks involve having a spinal cord stimulator implanted. These may include infection, bleeding, and nerve damage. However, these risks are rare, and our team will work to minimize them as much as possible.
A spinal cord stimulator is a safe and effective treatment of chronic pain. If you’re considering this treatment, talk to your doctor about all your options. Don’t let chronic pain control your life. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you find relief.
July 15, 2022