SCS or Spinal Cord Stimulation is the process of using electric current for treating chronic pain. The procedure consists of using a pulse generator, which is placed under a person’s skin above the buttock. This pulse generator doubles as a battery, and emits impulses through leads that are situated around the spinal cord.
This interferes with the pain causing nerve impulses, thereby offering relief. The spinal cord stimulator implant produces a tingling feeling and produces a pleasant sensation. This is able to block the brain from perceiving the chronic pain signals, or alters the sensation from pain to the tingling feeling.
Chronic Pain Syndrome/low back pain/leg pain/ischemic leg pain
The SCS treatment is an excellent last resort treatment for those having chronic pain in the lower back or in their legs or arms. Many patients using the neuro-stimulation treatment have reported a reduction of pain by about 50% to 70%. They have also found that there is increased ability to perform all normal activities including recreational activities.
While undergoing this treatment, patients often are able to reduce the amount of pain killers normally taken. The older models of SCS were not great at reducing back pain, but the newest ones are really good at reducing both leg pain along with back pain.
Many people continue to suffer from pain and also discomfort after surgery and this is referred to as failed back surgery, which is unfortunately very common. Patients suffering from failed back surgery syndrome can benefit from spinal cord stimulation as a last resort.
One must normally consider whether there are other factors that could be causing the pain, such as sacroiliac joint pain or facet joint pain. If other causes are not identified, then the best treatment could be with a spinal cord stimulator.
If a surgeon decides that another surgery would not be indicated, an SCS may be the answer.
Diabetic neuropathy affects millions of Americans, leading to severe pain and altered sensation in the legs. Spinal cord stimulation has presented itself as an amazing option for these suffering individuals for two reasons.
The first reason is that multiple studies have shown SCS reduces diabetic neuropathy pain in over 3/4 of individuals. A study from last year out of Evansville, Indiana also showed that SCS was able to restore sensation to the legs in diabetic neuropathy patients in over 80% of those tested! That was an amazing finding, and shows that SCS for those suffering from diabetic neuropathy is a great option.
Thus, spinal cord stimulation is being widely used as an effective alternative treatment for managing chronic pains, in cases when conservative therapies do not work. Arizona Pain Specialists offers spinal cord stimulation to those in need, along with comprehensive options which include medication management, interventional procedures, chiropractic, acupuncture and physical rehabilitation.
Arizona Pain has 5 Valley locations, including pain clinics in Phoenix, Chandler, Scottsdale, Glendale and a recent clinic opening for pain management Surprise AZ. Call (602) 507-6550 for more information and scheduling.