Spinal Cord Stimulator
When people come to see us, they are almost always dealing with some sort of pain. That is why we have our very own pain management specialist on staff to help. We all feel pain at some point in life, but it’s never necessary to suffer. Pain management can do a lot to help with letting you live your life the way you want to. We use a wide range of tools to help you manage pain. From electromyography to epidural steroid injections and even physical therapy, we have what you need to manage your pain so that you can go on with your life. Come to Trinity Orthopedics. We can help you live comfortably.
One important tool that we use to help people is the spinal cord stimulator. These stimulators use electrical currents to reduce pain by interrupting the signals moving through your body. For more information on spinal cord stimulators, watch this video from our pain management specialist at Trinity Orthopedics. In it, we will explain everything you need to know about how the stimulators work and who can benefit from them the most.
What is a Spinal Cord Stimulator?
A spinal cord stimulator is a pain management tool. It is a small device that works to reduce your perception of pain in a particular spot. It involves a minimally invasive procedure because it is implanted under the skin. A small wire extends from the device, releasing a mild electrical current. As this current travels through your spinal cord, it reduces the pain by interrupting the signal that is heading towards your brain. By interrupting the signal, the pain isn’t necessarily gone, but your perception of the pain is broken. This means that the area is still sending pain signals. The device is just blocking them so that your body doesn’t tell your brain to feel them.
How do I know that it’s right for me?
Anyone with arm pain, back pain, or leg pain that comes from a number of different sources can benefit from a spinal cord stimulator. Whether the pain is constant or on-and-off, a stimulator is a good option to consider. Additionally, it is a good tool for people who experience tingling or numbness in their legs. Spinal cord stimulators are commonly used after surgery on the back or neck. They might not be totally satisfied with the reduction of pain that came from the surgery. In such cases, the stimulator is a good way to provide further relief.
Is this a temporary or permanent solution?
Ultimately, the stimulator can be either. You’re allowed to wear a spinal cord stimulator for as long as you live if there’s a need for it. However, it can interfere with other devices, such as pacemakers, and cannot be used for people with them. These devices are rechargeable and discreet, so there’s no need to worry about how long you use it. In fact, it can be used either continuously throughout your day or just when the pain is severe. There aren’t any restrictions that would keep you from wearing it for as long as you like.
How much pain does it relieve?
At the very least, a spinal cord stimulator will reduce pain by 50%. However, many patients experience up to 90% of relief. Ideally, all you should feel when the stimulator is active is a mild tingling feeling where the pain usually comes from.
Still have questions? We have answers! Our providers are always willing to sit with you and discuss your pain as well as help you figure out the best option for your particular case. Don’t sit and suffer in silence. Call or contact us so that we can help you.