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Spinal Cord Stimulator

For some patients, pain can be difficult to treat, especially if it occurs in the lower back or legs. Spinal cord stimulation can reduce pain when other treatments have failed.

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How Does a Spinal Cord Stimulator Work?

The implanted device works by sending low levels of electricity into the spine. This disrupts the bioelectric signals your nerves use to pass information up the spinal column to reach the brain. Under ideal circumstances, this will reduce pain to a slight tingling sensation or nothing.

This operation is considered successful if patients achieve a 50 percent reduction in pain.

Why Should I Choose the Advanced Relief Institute for Spinal Cord Stimulation?

The Advanced Relief Institute has several pain specialists with experience implanting FDA-approved spinal stimulation devices. The skill and experience of your surgeon are of the utmost importance when considering a surgical procedure near the spinal cord. 

The doctors at the Advanced Relief Institute are dedicated to reducing your pain and improving your quality of life. If you are struggling with chronic pain, contact our pain management specialists.

What Can Spinal Cord Stimulation Treat?

Spinal cord stimulation can treat chronic pain across your body.

This spinal implant procedure is best for pain where the injury or defect causing your chronic pain cannot be identified or repaired with surgery. Spinal cord stimulation is often used after non-surgical nerve block injections have failed to provide adequate pain relief.

Spinal cord stimulation can help relieve discomfort from (but not limited to) the following conditions:
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chronic back pain (especially if it persists after a surgical operation)
  • Chronic leg pain
  • Chronic arm pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Phantom limb syndrome
  • Burning or stabbing pain in the legs or feet (diabetic neuropathy)
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Inflammation and scarring of the spinal nerves

Do I Need Spinal Cord Stimulation?

If you have been struggling with chronic pain for three months or more and other treatments have proven ineffective, you may be a candidate for implantation of a spinal cord stimulator.

Before the operation, your pain specialist will conduct several tests to locate the source of your pain. This will help make the nerve blocker more effective.

Some medical insurance providers require a series of psychological tests before implanting the spinal cord stimulator. This is to rule out psychological conditions that may make the procedure less effective.

How Is Spinal Cord Stimulator Surgery Done?

There are two stages to implanting a spinal cord stimulator.

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What Are My Regenerative Therapy Options?

Before choosing spinal nerve blocking, you may want to consider regenerative medicine. The Advanced Relief Institute offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, stem cell injection therapy, and amniotic fluid injection therapy.

Is There a Recovery Period After Spinal Cord Stimulation?

Patients should refrain from exercise (except for brief walks) for one to two weeks. After two weeks, most patients can return to work and resume driving (with the nerve blocker turned off).

Most patients recover from the surgical implantation of the spinal stimulator within two to four weeks.