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Neuromodulation

Colorado Clinic

Chronic Pain & Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Colorado Springs, CO, & Greeley, CO

Neuromodulation is an effective tool for pain management that doesn’t require injections, incisions, or medication. At Colorado Clinic in Colorado Springs, and Greeley, Colorado, the pain management providers use neuromodulation devices to repair spinal cord damage and alleviate chronic headaches and neuropathic pain. Call Colorado Clinic or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Neuromodulation Q & A

What is neuromodulation?

Neuromodulation is a technique to stimulate nerve activity. The treatment involves emitting electric energy into the affected nerves to trigger activity and relieve pain. By stimulating the nerves, neuromodulation treatments, such as spinal cord stimulation, can improve mobility and treat neuropathic weakness and tingling. 

What conditions can neuromodulation treat?

At Colorado Clinic, the chronic pain physicians use neuromodulation to treat several disorders, including:

Peripheral neuropathy

Nerve damage in the spine can cause peripheral neuropathy, a condition that causes pain, weakness, and tingling in the arms and legs.

Back pain

Back pain that develops from a compressed nerve can radiate throughout the upper, mid, and lower back, as well as the arms and legs.

Neck pain

Neck pain stems from the cervical spine. When the nerves in the cervical spine compress, pain and numbness can affect your range of motion.

Spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis causes the spinal canal to narrow over time, leading to compressed nerves. Irritation in the nerves can cause back pain and other uncomfortable symptoms.

What can I expect from neuromodulation?

When you arrive for neuromodulation, your doctor at Colorado Clinic administers an anesthetic and uses a type of X-ray called a fluoroscopy to insert thin wires (electrodes) into the space between the epidural space and the spinal cord. They also place a small generator underneath the skin near the abdomen or buttocks.

You receive a small remote control once your doctor identifies the neuromodulation device. With this device, you can send an electrical impulse to your affected nerve each time you experience pain and discomfort.

The entire implantation procedure takes about 1-2 hours, in addition to an initial trial period before your doctor permanently places the device. If you do want to remove the spinal cord stimulation device for any reason, your doctor at Colorado Clinic can perform a minimally invasive procedure to take it out.

Does neuromodulation require downtime?

Since placing a neuromodulation device does require an anesthetic, your doctor monitors you briefly after your procedure. Most patients return home shortly after their spinal cord stimulator placement. 

It may take up to four weeks for your incisions to heal, but most patients resume light physical activity after two weeks. Many can drive and return to work within 1-2 weeks of surgery.

Call Colorado Clinic or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about neuromodulation.