When you are battling chronic pain, every single day is a quest for hope. You hope that you will wake up pain-free. You hope that the treatment you are using will minimize your pain. You hope that you are able to accomplish everyday activities that were once simple for you before your pain drains you of your energy.The truth is that finding an effective treatment for chronic pain, especially when we’re talking about chronic pain that affects the back or the neck, is a challenge. The back and the neck are very complicated. They are full of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves, all of which when irritated can cause severe pain. We understand how difficult life can be for individuals battling severe pain, and we are eager to do what we can to help you find relief. To this end, we are happy to offer a wide range of pain management techniques to be included in a comprehensive pain management therapy. One technique that has worked for many of our clients is spinal cord stimulation.
What Is Spinal Cord Stimulation?
Spinal cord stimulation is a procedure that can provide pain relief for individuals whose pain is not relieved by surgery or conservative treatment options. It is also good for individuals for whom surgery is not an option.
Annually, more than 14,000 individuals undergo spinal cord stimulator implants. These devices are designed to provide a mild electrical shock to the nerves that travel along the spinal column. Its purpose is to change the way the nerves act or completely block their activity. One benefit of this procedure is that it is able to help many people minimize the amount of pain they feel while at the same time avoiding the use of medicine.
Spinal cord stimulation has more than four decades of experience behind it. It was first used for pain management in 1967. In 1989, the FDA approved its use for pain relief. Now, the vast majority of individuals who have neuromodulation treatments done are having spinal cord stimulation implants.
With spinal cord stimulation, the small electrical pulses that are delivered prevent the nervous system from sending pain messages to the brain. This device functions similarly to a pacemaker. So, for this reason, some refer it to jokingly as a pacemaker for pain.
Advances in technology have allowed engineers to design smaller implant devices. This, in turn, makes the procedure less invasive. Modern devices are compatible with MRIs, and this has increased the number of people who are willing to use this therapy.
The popularity of these neural modification devices has increased as more and more people are looking for an alternative to schedule two drugs or opiate pain medication. They want pain relief, but they do not want the risk of addiction or the medical side effects that come from prescription drugs.
One of the nice things about this procedure is that even though it is surgical, it comes with a trial period. If the implant does not produce the desired results, it can be removed in a simple and virtually painless procedure.
Some of the benefits of this procedure include:
- Provides Adjustable Pain Relief
- It Is a Minimally Invasive Procedure
- Causes Pain Relief without the Use of Opiates
- Provides Target Pain Relief
- Has Little To No Side Effects
- Is Cost-Effective When Compared With Other Surgical Treatments
Spinal cord stimulation will not eliminate all pain in every single instance. But it can significantly reduce the pain you feel. This may allow you to reduce or completely stop relying on prescription painkillers. It can also put you in a position to physically accept other forms of therapy that will help minimize your pain in the long run.
How We Can Help
Living every single day with chronic pain zaps the joy from your life. It can leave you feeling hopeless and depressed. Our goal is to help you get your life back. We are proud to offer a wide range of therapies as part of our pain management treatment.
In order for us to determine which treatment program is right for you, we first must take the time to listen. We need to hear from you, learn about your pain, and learn about the steps you have already taken to minimize your pain.
Once we have all of this information, we can start to formulate a short-term and a long-term treatment. We want to get you up and going as quickly as possible while at the same time setting the groundwork for long-term pain relief.
We understand that the pain that you are experiencing is uniquely yours and cannot be compared to other people’s pain. We are committed to offering you individualized treatment for your individual pain.
We are committed to working with you until your pain management goals are reached. We do not give up on our clients, and we will not give up on you.
Contact us today, and let us show you firsthand how our pain management therapies can help you.