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Understanding Spinal Cord Stimulation

When it comes to chronic pain, it can take its toll not just on your physical health but on your mental health too. Dealing with pain day in and day out can be overwhelming. However, thanks to spinal cord stimulation, many patients can find relief. Here’s what you need to know if you are considering spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain.

How Does Spinal Cord Stimulation Work?

Spinal cord stimulation is just one of the many forms of interventional pain management treatments that can help relieve multiple conditions that cause chronic pain — especially for patients who don’t find pain relief through medications and surgery.

The spinal cord stimulator is connected to electrodes that are implanted in the spine through fragile wires. This permanent device can provide relief for several years. The device is battery-operated, so it will be necessary to schedule follow-up visits every two to five years for a new battery installation.

Spinal cord stimulation is a minimally invasive treatment and can be performed in as little an hour.

What Conditions Can Spinal Cord Stimulation Treat?

Patients who have the following conditions may benefit from managing pain through spinal cord stimulation:

  • FBSS (failed back surgery syndrome)
  • CRPS - complex regional pain syndrome
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Causalgia
  • Arachnoiditis
  • Peripheral ischemic pain

How to Determine if Spinal Cord Stimulation is Right for You

Although you may be suffering from the above conditions, it’s critical to speak to a neurosurgeon or pain specialist for a full evaluation of your physical health, medical history, and history of pain. Since the pain can be emotional, too, patients may be required to be evaluated by a psychologist or psychiatrist to asses the state of their mental health.

Contact Colorado Clinic

Living with chronic pain can be life-altering and, in some cases, have debilitating effects. However, all hope is not lost. There are many different pain management treatments available. If you are suffering from chronic pain, we can help create a pain management treatment plan that is right for you.

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

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