What is a Spinal Cord Stimulator?
A spinal cord stimulator can be used to treat chronic back pain associated with failed back surgery, complex regional pain syndrome, peripheral neuropathy and other back conditions. A spinal cord stimulator uses low voltage stimulation of the spinal nerves to block the feeling of pain. A small, battery-powered generator implanted in the body transmits an electrical current to the spinal cord. By interrupting pain signals and turning them into a pleasant, tingling sensation, many patients can return to a more active and healthy lifestyle.
How is a Spinal Cord Stimulator Administered?
For a spinal cord stimulator, soft, thin wires with electrical leads on their tips are placed in the back near the spinal column with a needle. A small incision is then made and a small generator is placed in the upper buttock or abdomen, under the skin, which emits electrical currents to the spinal column. The generator is programmable so the area or intensity of the electrical stimulation can be changed at any time to provide optimal chronic back pain relief.
Determining if spinal cord stimulation is the correct treatment for chronic back pain and understanding the implantation process is complex. To determine if you are a candidate, please contact the physicians at OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine®.