All pain signals travel along your spinal cord to reach your brain. By interfering with them using a spinal cord stimulator, you can reduce pain and improve your quality of life. At The Pain Center and Regenerative Institute, William Durrett, MD, and James Langford, PA-C, can implant a spinal cord stimulator to treat chronic back pain, neck pain, neuropathy, and other sources of ongoing or recurrent pain. To find out if you’re a good candidate for a spinal cord stimulator, call either office in Aiken or Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, or request an appointment online today.
A spinal cord stimulator is an electrical device that a surgeon implants under your skin. Thin wires called electrodes extend from the stimulator’s generator into your epidural space, which is located within your spinal column around the spinal cord.
Whenever you feel pain, you can use a remote control that comes with your device to send electrical signals from the generator to the electrodes. These electrical stimulations dull the pain by affecting the pain signals within your spinal cord.
The Pain Center and Regenerative Institute implants your spinal cord stimulator during a surgery. They use either X-ray or ultrasound guidance to plant the electrodes in the correct area along your spine.
Since all pain signals must travel through your spinal cord to reach your brain in order for you to perceive them, spinal cord stimulators can treat a diverse range of pain sources.
Spinal cord stimulation can treat:
With a spinal cord stimulator, you can reduce or even eliminate your need for pharmaceutical pain medications.
For ideal results, The Pain Center and Regenerative Institute might suggest integrating a spinal cord stimulator into a comprehensive treatment plan that includes physical therapy, exercises, relaxation techniques, and other approaches to improve your mobility and functioning.
Living with a spinal cord stimulator can significantly reduce your pain, but you must keep up on its maintenance and take some precautions with certain activities. You’ll need to replace its battery every 2-5 years if you have a non-rechargeable battery or every 8-10 years with a battery you must charge every night.
Additionally, while you have a spinal cord stimulator, you should:
You can swim, bathe, or shower with a permanent stimulator. However, you might go through an initial trial period with a temporary stimulator, which you should try your best not to get wet.
A spinal cord stimulator can improve your quality of life by reducing pain and the need for pain medications. To learn more about the device and find out if you’re a candidate for one, call The Pain Center and Regenerative Institute or schedule an appointment online today.