Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal Cord Stimulation helps patients live life with minimal pain whether they suffer from nerve, or back pain. Considered an alternative procedure, spinal cord stimulation can prevent a patient from having to undergo a major surgery and/or long recovery times for pain relief.
Those who suffer from unrelenting pain can experience benefits from implanting a spinal cord stimulator. Exercise, injury, or normal wear and tear can result in pain stemming from the vertebrae. This pain can hinder daily activities and negatively affect the well-being of the patient, however, spinal cord stimulation can act as a beneficial tool for pain relief.
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SPINAL CORD STIMULATION
WHAT IS SPINAL CORD STIMULATION?
Spinal Cord Stimulation is used to prevent pain from being registered in the brain. Patients experience a pleasant tingling sensation instead of pain. The stimulation aims to increase patients’ quality of life while also reducing their pain levels. Spinal Cord Stimulators are made up of thin wires and a compact battery pack that looks like a pacemaker. The electrodes are put in the epidural space, which is the region between the spinal cord and the vertebrae, and the generator is placed beneath the skin, usually towards the buttocks or abdomen. Patients using spinal cord stimulators can use a remote control to emit electrical impulses when they are in pain. The remote control, as well as its antenna, are located on the outside of the body.
WHEN SHOULD I CONSIDER A SPINAL CORD STIMULATION?
People who have persisting pain even after surgery or have conplex regional pain syndome have found pain relief from spinal cord stimulation. People listed above and those who suffer from extreme nerve pain have reported at least a 50% reduction in pain and improved function as a result of SCS.
However, Spinal Cord Stimulation is not suited for everyone.
IS A SPINAL CORD STIMULATION SAFE?
Like most other procedures, there are potential risks. Patients with certain conditions may be more prone to harmful effects from spinal cord stimulation. Some of these conditions include pregnancy, tumors, fractures, or spine implants.
However, Spinal Cord Stimulation is considered a less dangerous option for pain relief when compared to other surgical procedures. Strong medications, such as anesthesia, are not necessary for spinal cord stimulation and recovery times are significantly less.
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