If you suffer from chronic pain, a spinal cord stimulator is a safe and effective device that can help you live a normal life again. People who suffer from chronic pain struggle to perform easy, everyday tasks and face many challenges in life. Known as an invisible disability, chronic pain can also lead to other problems like depression, insomnia, and anxiety. If you have spent a lot of time and money trying to manage your chronic pain with little or no results, KureSmart Pain Management can help you with spinal cord stimulation therapy. This leading edge technology is an FDA approved non-drug therapy that can help you manage your pain.
About the Spinal Cord Stimulators
Spinal cord stimulators are used to treat chronic pain by interrupting the pain signals before they reach the brain. A small device called an implantable pulse generator is used to send an electrical current to the nerve fibers in the spinal cord. When the pulse generator is activated, the electrical currents will stimulate the nerves where the pain is felt and interrupt that signal to the brain. This device does not eliminate the source of the pain, it just prevents the brain from receiving the pain signals from the nerves in the spinal cord. The brain does not perceive the pain as pain but instead a tingling sensation is felt in the affected area of the body.
How do spinal cord stimulators work?
Treatment using spinal cord stimulators involves implanting a small pulse generator (implantable pulse generator) into the epidural space on the spine as well as very thin wires called leads. The leads are connected to particular nerves in the spinal cord. The generator emits constant electrical pulses through the leads to the nerves in the spinal cord, which interrupt the nerve impulses and prevents them from reaching the brain. The patient will be able to control their own therapy by adjusting the level of stimulation with the use of a handheld wireless device.
The surgical implantation of the pulse generator and leads will take 20 minutes up to an hour. You will be offered IV sedation by an Anesthesiologist. Once implanted, the external lead wires will be securely taped to your back. After the procedure, you should take it easy and rest for the remainder of the day. If you experience any soreness, an ice pack may provide some relief.
Candidates for Spinal Cord Stimulation
If you have tried every recommended treatment and therapy and still suffer from debilitating pain, then spinal cord stimulation could be the logical next step for you. Also, if you want to avoid a complex spine surgery that requires a long recovery time, this treatment may be beneficial to you before you have to resort to the surgery. Spinal cord stimulation can be used on people who have failed back surgery syndrome, post laminectomy syndrome, severe nerve-related pain, numbness or chronic symptoms such as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
We encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our expert pain management doctors at KureSmart Pain Management to learn more about the procedure. This device has been very successful at helping many patients reduce pain and live a normal life again.
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