Tendons, muscles, and nerves are part of the intricate system that makes up your lower back. When you suffer an injury to any of these structures, you may experience pain that ranges from muscle spasms to chronic syndromes. While there are a number of treatment options available, everyone reacts differently depending on their circumstances. For many, spinal cord stimulation offers effective pain relief. Continue reading to find out if this pain relief solution is right for you:
An Overview of Spinal Cord Stimulation: This therapy utilizes electric impulses to block the brain’s recognition of pain in your lower back. Instead, patients will perceive a mild tingling sensation. A doctor will insert a trial stimulator through your skin in order to test whether the therapy provides pain relief for you. If successful, your doctor will implant a permanent stimulator, which comes in the form of a small wire, under your skin. As low-level electric signals are sent through the wire to affected nerves and block pain signals from reaching your brain, you’ll be able to use a magnetic remote control to adjust the intensity of the current.
Ideal Candidates: Although spinal cord stimulation has been around for over 20 years, the procedure is not for everyone. Patients who are diagnosed with Nerve Root Compression or Degenerative Disk Disease more commonly use spinal cord stimulation. The procedure has also been used as an alternative to conservative treatments that have proved ineffective. If you have undergone back surgery and continue to experience pain, you may be a good candidate for therapy.
At Carolina Back Institute, we strive to provide the best assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients who have yet to find relief from prior medical practices. Our experienced physicians can help you determine whether spinal cord stimulation is right for you. Our extensive pain management techniques allow us to address a wide range of problems—from sports related injuries to spinal disorders. Call us at (919) 781-9950 to learn more.