Chronic pain significantly affects not only your physical health, but also your mental and emotional well-being. Doctors often recommend lifestyle changes, medications, and physical therapy to address the pain. But what should you do if these methods are not effective, or if they are not as effective as before?
Fortunately, you and your pain management specialist can explore other treatment options, one of which is the spinal cord stimulator. This is a tiny device that is implanted under your skin in your back – it works much like a pacemaker – that can help treat foot, leg, knee, and back pain.
It consists of a battery-powered generator that sends electrical pulses that stimulate the nerve fibers above the epidural space in your spine. It comes with a remote control which allows you to adjust the electrical signals to relieve the pain when necessary.
Are You a Candidate for a Spinal Cord Stimulator?
Those who are likely to get the most out of spinal cord stimulator are patients who:
- Have tried noninvasive treatments such as medicine, ointments, and physical therapy without significant pain reduction
- Have undergone spinal surgery before, but additional surgery has been determined to not be beneficial or is otherwise inappropriate
- Don’t want to have back surgery because of its risks
- Have had pain in the arm, lower back, or leg for over 3 months
- Don’t have psychiatric disorders that might interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment
- Have no other medical conditions that will interfere with the implantation
Conditions a Spinal Cord Stimulator Can Help Treat
A spinal cord stimulator can stimulate multiple muscle groups in the body via the spinal cord. This can affect how you sense pain, making it an effective treatment for many patients.
If you are experiencing chronic pain in the areas or due to the conditions listed below, consult with your doctor about whether a spinal cord stimulator might help you:
- Back pain due to sciatica, arthritis, disc problems, or surgery
- Postoperative pain
- Spinal cord injuries
- Leg, knee, or foot pain due to a pinched nerve or damaged nerves
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Phantom pain after an amputation
- Complex regional pain syndrome
Pain Relief in Austin, Cedar Park, and Marble Falls, TX
Here at Balcones Pain Consultants, our pain specialists diagnose and treat various conditions that cause back pain, including sciatica, fibromyalgia, disc problems, and inflammatory conditions. We can also help you with pain in various parts of the body.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with a pain specialist, contact us today by calling our friendly staff at (512) 834-4141 or by filling out our appointment request form online now. We look forward to helping you achieve a pain-free life.