Spinal Cord Stimulator
Chronic pain is ongoing or prolonged pain caused by an illness or injury. The medical definition of chronic pain is pain that has lasted for six months or longer.Pain specialists realize that many chronic pain conditions have no cure, so they focus on ways to manage the pain. No single treatment works best for everyone so a progression of therapies can be used until pain relief is reached.Spinal cord stimulation is recommended by your doctor to manage chronic pain and improve quality of life. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved these devices for the management of chronic pain in the back, neck, arms, or legs.
The benefits of neural stimulation are:
A decrease in pain of 50% or more.
Improved activity levels and overall quality of life.
Neurostimulation, is not a cure for the cause of pain and does not treat specific diseases. It is a management tool or therapy designed to mask the pain by blocking pain signals before they reach the brain. It is used to manage the pain from failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS).Only a doctor or pain specialist can determine if you are a candidate for neurostimulation and the following criteria are considered:
The patient with chronic pain in the back, neck, arms, or legs that has lasted at least six months or more.
Persistent neuropathic pain (pain marked by burning, tingling, or numbness).
Little or no relief from surgery or other treatment options, such as pain medications, nerve blocks, or physical therapy.
If a spinal cord stimulator is considered the best choice between your doctor and yourself, he will set up a trial opportunity to test this and if the results are successful, a permanent stimulator is implanted into the spinal cord and the patient has the ability to manage their pain control independently.