Spinal cord stimulation has been around for 50 years, but has been gaining in popularity in recent years as a successful treatment for back or neck pain without the use of drugs or surgery. Daniel Nemeth, MD, has extensive experience with spinal cord stimulation, helping patients in the Charleston community at the Mount Pleasant, South Carolina office find much-needed relief from chronic pain at Signe Spine & Rehab, LLC. To learn more about this treatment, call to book an appointment today.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, approved the use of low-frequency spinal cord stimulation in 1989 and went on to approve high-frequency stimulation in 2015. Today, 14,000 patients around the world turn to spinal cord stimulation every year to relieve chronic, hard-to-treat back and neck pain.
To better understand how spinal cord stimulation works, it helps to understand how your nervous system functions. One of your spine’s primary responsibilities is to provide the primary pathway for your central nervous system from your brain to every region in your body, and back again.
When there’s a problem with your nerves, the messages relayed back and forth between the problem and your brain are usually ones of pain.
Spinal cord stimulation delivers a small amount of electricity to disrupt this communication, preventing your brain from receiving the pain signal.
The team at Signe Spine & Rehab, LLC uses spinal cord stimulation to treat a host of nerve and spine issues, especially those that are unresponsive to other treatments, such as:
To see whether you’re responsive to spinal cord stimulation, the team starts with a trial run in the targeted area.
For this test, they insert wires, which connect to an exterior transmitter. They perform this procedure while you’re awake, under local anesthesia, to ensure proper placement of the wires into your epidural space.
For the next several days and up to one week, you control the level of stimulation to find one that works best for you.
Should your trial run prove successful in alleviating your pain, the team takes the next step and inserts a more permanent transmitter under your skin.
High-frequency spinal cord stimulation is relatively new, having received FDA approval in 2015, and it shows great promise in managing pain without resorting to pain medications or surgery. It’s also highly reversible — if the therapy doesn’t work, the team simply removes the wires and transmitter.
To learn more about the benefits of spinal cord stimulation, call Signe Spine & Rehab, LLC to book an appointment today.