Many chronic pain conditions can be successfully treated using spinal cord stimulation, including:
This is not a complete list, as many other painful conditions respond well to spinal cord stimulation. If you’d like to learn more, you can call our office or schedule a consultation online.
At the most basic level, spinal cord stimulation uses a pulsed electrical current to stop your body’s pain signals from traveling through your nervous system and reaching your brain.
Spinal cord stimulation does not stop the pain from occurring; it prevents the pain signal from traveling to your brain. That’s why some people find the process more effective than others.
The method uses three components:
Spinal cord stimulation is a good option for men and women who want to avoid the side effects associated with invasive surgical procedures and opiate drug therapy.
Think of a spinal cord stimulation trial as a kind of “test drive.” It offers you a chance to decide if the treatment provides effective pain relief for your symptoms.
During the trial, Dr. Kline administers local anesthesia near the injection site, and you may receive sedation. Next, he inserts a hollow needle into the epidural space surrounding your spinal cord. The needle contains thin wires connected to electrical contacts.
A special type of X-ray called fluoroscopy allows Dr. Kline to guide the needle to the proper position. Once he has it in the right spot, he implants the leads.
Next, you’ll communicate with Dr. Kline to determine if the electrodes are effectively interrupting your pain signals. Your feedback is critical in helping Dr. Kline position the wires correctly.
Next, Dr. Kline connects the leads to an external pulse transmitter that you wear on a belt. A hand-held controller allows you to adjust the degree of stimulation to match your pain level.
During the trial period, you’ll keep a written log of the stimulation settings used and your pain levels. That information helps determine if permanent spinal cord stimulation is the best treatment method for your specific needs. If it is, Dr. Kline will refer you to a spinal surgeon for implantation.
To learn more about spinal cord stimulation trials, call or go online to make your appointment at Atlantic Coast Pain Specialists today.
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