Make Pain a Thing of the Past with the help of Spinal Cord Stimulator
Spinal Cord Stimulator Treatment for Back Pain
Back pain is easily one of the most common forms of chronic pain and discomfort. Caused by everything from age to injury to illness, back pain is frequently a source of distress for men and women of all ages.
Some back pain is manageable with a bit of medication, physical therapy, and some rest. But for others, the cause of the back pain may be something that requires a more intensive treatment.
How Chronic Back Pain is Traditionally Treated
When a person struggles with chronic back pain that has not responded well to lifestyle changes, medication, and exercise, many doctors start to look at surgery. There are many effective forms of back surgery available that can improve your chances of reducing or eliminating the source of that pain.
But while back surgery can be effective, there are a few issues:
- Not everyone is a candidate for back surgery.
- Not everyone wants back surgery.
- Not everyone experiences pain relief after back surgery.
That last one is especially problematic. Known as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome,” studies have shown that many of those that undergo the different surgical procedures fail to experience a significant reduction in their pain in the long term. While back surgery is often effective, it is imperfect, and a sizeable percentage – some estimate as high as 20% – may not experience the best results.
A Device That Reduces Back Pain Without Surgery – Spinal Cord Stimulators
If you have back surgery that failed, or you would like to pursue options that allow you to avoid back surgery, one choice to consider is called a “spinal cord stimulator.”
Spinal cord stimulators are a type of technology that is implanted into the spine using a minimally invasive procedure. Wires wrap around a specific point in the spinal cord, and they are connected to a handheld device that the patient is able to control. These stimulators send gentle electrical impulses that disrupt the nerve’s pain messengers, so that they are unable to signal the brain to experience pain.
The result is a tingling sensation instead of pain, and a reduction in discomfort by as much as 70%. For those with back pain that was unable or is unable to be treated by surgery, spinal cord stimulators offer an effective alternative to additional back surgery so that patients with chronic back pain can still find some relief.
Spinal Cord Stimulator Services from Physician Partners of America
Physician Partners of America is proud to be one of the premier providers of these spinal cord devices, provided by some of the leading pain specialists throughout the country. For patients that would like to learn more about this revolutionary new procedure, please contact us today to learn more.