What Is a Spinal Cord Stimulator?
A spinal cord stimulator is a device that is used to send low voltage stimulation around the patient’s spinal cord and consequently blocks the pain signals from reaching the brain. The device is battery powered and works by interrupting pain signals from getting to the brain and instead converts these signals into a tingling sensation.
The device therefore does not eliminate the source of pain but simply interrupts pain signals from reaching the brain. That said; it could help you reduce the amount of pain medication you take.
Who Is The Ideal Candidate for A Spinal Cord Stimulator?
This is not a device that will work simply because you have chronic back pain. The Phoenix pain doctor will have to determine your eligibility for the device by reviewing your past pain management treatments, the psychological effects of the pain and much more.
You should have a spinal cord stimulator implanted when all conservative pain management therapies have failed, the source of the pain also needs to be identified and surgery needs to be ruled out as a beneficial treatment option. This is especially true when you have had one or more spinal surgeries that have been unsuccessful.
Your pain management doctor in Arizona has to determine that you do not have any underlying psychiatric conditions that can be attributed to the pain or a serious dependency on pain medication. If you have had a successful spinal cord stimulation trail then consider yourself an ideal candidate for the therapy.
Conditions Treated by Spinal Cord Stimulator
Spinal cord stimulators are used to treat patients suffering from chronic pain in the following parts of the body: neck, back, leg and arm. Like we mentioned, if you have had
surgery or a couple of surgeries and still suffer from chronic pain, then the spinal cord stimulator could be helpful and much needed in your case.
Other conditions that would merit a pain doctor in Phoenix implanting your back with a spinal cord stimulator include: postlaminectormy syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, phantom limb discomfort, intractable angina, arachnoiditis and causalgia just to mention a few.
These are conditions that affect various parts of the body and lead to nerve damage. As you can see, having a spinal cord stimulator implanted is not just done to provide relief for normal back pain complications.
Conditions That Disqualify You from Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy
You may have the above mentioned requirements yet still fail to qualify for the spinal cord stimulation therapy. Expectant and lactating mothers are immediately ruled out. The same applies to patients who already have a cardiac pacemaker and people with systemic infection as well.
Patients who had a trial stimulation could also be disqualified from the treatment if the spinal cord stimulator failed to reduce their degree of pain by 50 percent or if they experienced various levels of discomfort form the electronic vibrations.
Undergoing the trial stimulation is a great way of identifying whether or not the spinal cord stimulator will be ideal for your condition. The trial stimulation lasts for a week and is removed in the office. The procedures for both the trial and final stimulators are performed as an outpatient and maintain a low risk profile.
If you or a loved one is dealing with chronic back, neck, leg or arm pain, let Arizona Pain Specialists help you. The Board Certified, Award Winning providers have placed hundreds of spinal cord stimulators and are experts in them.
Arizona Pain has 5 locations and accepts over 50 insurances. The AZ pain doctors are skilled in both medication management and procedures, and each Center also has Phoenix chiropractors as well. Call (602) 507-6550 for more information and scheduling today!