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How To Manage Pain With Spinal Cord Stimulation

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Understanding Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation is just one of many interventional pain management treatments that can help relieve conditions that cause chronic pain. This type of treatment may be beneficial to patients who aren’t responsive to medications and surgery. Read on to learn if you may be a candidate for spinal cord stimulation.

A Non-Invasive Treatment

Spinal cord stimulation is a minimally invasive treatment and can be performed in as little as one hour. With local anesthesia used to numb the skin, a tiny incision is made in the abdomen and upper buttock area. The implant is a spinal cord stimulator that is connected to electrodes implanted in the spine by fragile wires.

The device is permanent and will provide relief for several years. Since the implant is battery-powered, you will need to schedule follow-up procedures every two to five years for new battery installation.

Treatable Conditions

Spinal cord stimulation is often used to control chronic pain associated with FBSS (failed back surgery syndrome). It’s also a method to treat chronic pain for the following conditions:

  • CRPS - complex regional pain syndrome
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Causalgia
  • Arachnoiditis
  • Peripheral ischemic pain

Are You a Good Candidate for Spinal Cord Stimulation?

Before it’s determined if spinal cord stimulation is right for you, a neurosurgeon or pain specialist will evaluate the following:

  • Physical health
  • Medical history
  • Pain history

There is also an emotional element attached to pain, so to ensure patients get optimal results from spinal cord stimulation, patients are required to be evaluated by a psychologist or psychiatrist who will assess their mental health.

Learn More About Pain Management Options

Living with chronic pain can be life-altering and, in many cases, debilitating. The good news is, there are many different pain management treatments available that you could find relief from. If you are suffering from chronic pain, we can help tailor a pain management treatment plan that’s right for you.

Contact Colorado Clinic today at (970) 355-3225 for more information on how we can help you live a better quality of life through pain management.

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