Spinal cord stimulation works in the same way as peripheral nerve stimulation , yet it is recommended for conditions that cannot be managed with peripheral nerve stimulation. Texas Pain Institute offers spinal cord stimulation for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake, and the nearby areas of Texas.
What is Spinal Cord Stimulation?
Spinal cord stimulation is a technique that involves neuromodulation that controls the signals that are sent to the brain from the nerves. When you have chronic or constant pain, certain nerves are continuously sending pain signals. By using a mild electrical current along those same nerves, the device prevents or reduces the number of pain signals.
What Are the Benefits of Spinal Cord Stimulation?
By interrupting the pain signals from specific nerves along the spine, you experience less chronic pain and can engage in your primary treatment plan for the underlying condition. Some patients may find that they need less pain medication while using spinal cord stimulation devices.
Am I a Candidate for Spinal Cord Stimulation?
Spinal cord stimulation is used for various pain conditions, such as:
- Complex regional pain syndrome that may cause upper extremity pain , leg pain, or arm pain
- Back pain related to failed back surgery
- Other types of advanced nerve pain
How is Spinal Cord Stimulation Performed?
Initially, we use a temporary electrode that is connected to an external power supply. We work with you to find the best settings for the electrode to reduce your pain. Once you are satisfied with the results, we implant a permanent electrode just under your skin. The electrode delivers a constant electrical current along the nerves. You may feel a slight tingling as the device operates.
What is the Recovery Like After Spinal Cord Stimulation?
The temporary electrode does not require any specific recovery. We will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor how well the device is working and make any necessary adjustments. After the permanent electrode is implanted, you will have a small incision that requires minimal aftercare.
What is the Prognosis After Spinal Cord Stimulation?
Your chronic pain is reduced immediately after the permanent spinal cord stimulation device is implanted. We may recommend that you restrict certain activities until the area is completely healed. You will not be able to have MRIs with the implanted electrode.
Spinal cord stimulation is proven to help with chronic pain signals that are sent from the nerves along the spinal column. Dr. Ved Aggarwal and his team offer spinal cord stimulation treatments for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake, and the surrounding communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.