Spinal Cord Stimulator Specialist
Neuropathy is the name given to any condition that affects the regular activity of your nerves. Neuropathy affects over 25% of Americans and that number more than doubles for those with diabetes. Call or make an appointment online with one of the specialists at The Nexus Pain Center in Columbus or LaGrange, Georgia, for relief from feelings of numbness, prickling, or muscle weakness.
Spinal Cord Stimulator Q & A
What is Spinal Cord Stimulator?
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is an implantable neurostimulation technology used for pain relief. The device delivers a continuous low-voltage electrical current into your spinal cord to block the sensation of pain.
A spinal cord stimulator is made up of electrodes that are placed in the area that surrounds your spinal cord. A pulse generator then sends electrical signals to the electrodes to help block your pain signals. There are three types of spinal cord stimulators. They are:
- Conventional: a minor surgical procedure replaces the power source
- Radiofrequency: an externally worn power source activates strong signals
- Rechargeable: you recharge the power source
With each, you control the strength and frequency of the electrical signals.
What is the process for receiving a spinal cord stimulator?
Receiving a spinal cord stimulator is a two-step outpatient process.
The doctors at The Nexus Pain Center first give you a temporary device wherein an area of your back gets numbed and electrodes are placed in the epidural space of your spine using needles.
Then a special X-ray called a fluoroscopy helps guide the wires into the right place. The electrodes are connected to a pulse generator that is worn like a cell phone.
After a week or so of successful pain management, permanent electrodes and the pulse generator are implanted just under your skin and controlled with a remote.
What ailments does a spinal cord stimulator treat?
The specialists at The Nexus Pain Center recommend a spinal cord stimulator to treat a variety of ailments including:
Failed back syndrome
Failed back syndrome occurs when you undergo back or spine surgery that fails to relieve your pain.
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Syndrome
RSD is a form of complex regional pain syndrome. Both syndromes are characterized by severe burning pain in your arms, legs, hands, or feet, as well as changes in your bones and skin, including:
- Excessive sweating
- Tissue swelling
- Extreme sensitivity to touch
Damage to your peripheral nerves causes neuropathy and often causes weakness, numbness and pain in your hands, feet, and other areas of your body.
The doctors at The Nexus Pain Center in Columbus and LaGrange, Georgia, offer a spinal cord stimulator to help relieve your chronic back, neck, or other bodily pain. Call or make an appointment online today to learn more.