Make Arachnoiditis Pain a Thing of the Past with the help of Spinal Cord Stimulation
Arachnoiditis is a rare complication of chronic pain treatments that causes its own pain and discomfort. The condition occurs when the contaminants enter the fluid that surrounds and protects the spinal column. This leads to inflammation that, in turn, causes a web-like network for nerves to fuse together.
The most common cause of arachnoiditis is an error on the part of a surgeon or pain specialist. If the dura is nicked by a needle or knife, germs and other contaminants may be able to enter the dura mater membrane. Arachnoiditis can lead to severe pain, including sciatic pain, along with a host of other conditions that disrupt a person’s life.
How to Treat Arachnoiditis
One of the most unfortunate issues with arachnoiditis is that there is no known cure. Treatments for the condition revolve around finding strategies to manage the pain. Some of the best treatments include:
- Spinal Cord Stimulators – These are user-controlled devices that wrap around the spinal cord and use electrical impulses to disrupt pain sensations before they enter the brain. They are highly effective at reducing pain by as much as 70%, and it is a reversible procedure, so those that decide they want to pursue other treatments can do so safely and easily.
- Stem Cell Therapy – Currently stem cell therapy is experimental, and may not be an effective treatment, but research is still being conducted to see if perhaps stem cells can repair malfunctioning nerves and reduce pain.
- Intrathecal Pump – Intrathecal pumps allow the user to deliver low doses of pain medications directly into the spinal canal. This ensures that pain reduction hits the nerves that need it most, all with less of the medication needed for fewer side effects.
- Traditional Non-Invasive Back Pain Treatments – Your doctor may also recommend taking a more conservative approach, using steroid injections, physical therapy, and counseling. But it depends on the cause of the pain, as the physician may not want to risk further irritation.
These are the best available treatments right now for arachnoiditis. But scientists are also still looking for useful treatments and hope to potentially find a cure. Physician Partners of America remains in the pulse of arachnoiditis therapies and can provide you with the appropriate treatment for your pain. For more information, contact us today.