Spinal Cord Stimulator Overview
A Spinal cord stimulator sends mild electrical impulses that interfere with pain signals transmitting pain to the brain. A small device is implanted near the spine using a local anesthesia. The physician uses a sterile needle to access an area around the spinal canal. The needle contains “leads” that can conduct the electrical impulses. The pain relief can then be adjusted by the patient at home with a hand-held controller and this option provides less need for oral medication for pain control.
Advantages of Conservative Treatment
- Less expensive then surgery
- Little to no recovery
- No incisions or scarring
- No long term effects
- Done during an office visit
- Best used before considering surgery
- Immediate results
Conditions Treated with Spinal Cord Stimulator
Failed back or neck surgery, radiculitis, sciatica, and neuropathy are some of the conditions that may be helped with a spinal cord stimulator.
A pinched nerve in the spine that is sending pain signals to the buttocks, hamstring (back of leg), or further down one or both legs. Sciatica can result from a variety of problems with the discs or other problems in the lower back.
- Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
When back surgery has already been performed in the past but the pain still continues, has worsened, or hurts in a new location near the surgical site.