Sending mild electrical currents through spinal nerves that send pain signals to the brain is a safe and effective method of managing chronic pain conditions. National Pain Institute offers spinal cord stimulation for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida.
What Is Spinal Cord Stimulation?
Spinal cord stimulation is a type of interventional pain management technique that uses mild electrical currents to disrupt pain signals between the nerves and brain. An electrode is implanted near the nerves that are linked to your pain symptoms, and the device sends a continuous feed of current along the nerves.
What Are the Benefits of Spinal Cord Stimulation?
The primary benefit of spinal cord stimulation is to prevent the nerves from sending constant pain signals to the brain. The technique provides relief for our patients who are debilitated due to their symptoms. The procedure is not intended to cure or treat the underlying condition that causes your pain. You will continue to work with your family or specialty physician to address that root cause of your pain.
Am I a Candidate for Spinal Cord Stimulation?
Spinal cord stimulation is typically recommended for patient who want chronic pain solutions that do not rely as much on medications and provide longer lasting relief from their symptoms. The technique only works on certain nerves that are found along the spine, so the nature of your pain condition is also taken into consideration.
How Is Spinal Cord Stimulation Performed?
A temporary electrode is implanted just under the skin and connected to an external power source. During the testing phase, you control how often the electrical current is delivered and your pain management physician will adjust the level of current. Once the device produces the desired improvement in your symptoms, a permanent electrode is implanted and connected to an internal power supply that is located within the abdomen. The device continues to operate without your intervention until it is removed. You may choose to use spinal cord stimulation on a long-term or short-term basis.
What Is the Recovery Like After Spinal Cord Stimulation?
The incisions that are used for implanting the spinal cord stimulation electrode and power supply may require some aftercare. You will also be instructed to avoid certain body movements until the implant areas are healed.
What Should I Expect From Spinal Cord Stimulation?
When the electrical current is being delivered through the nerves, you may feel a slight tingling. Most patients adjust to the sensation and eventually do not notice when the electrode is activated.
At National Pain Institute, our team of pain management physicians offers spinal cord stimulation for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.