Spinal Cord Stimulator
What Is the Spinal Cord Stimulator Therapy?
Similar to a pacemaker, a spinal cord stimulator is placed in your body and is designed to send electrical pulses to your spinal cord to mask pain signals prior to them reaching your brain. This treatment is designed to help you better manage your symptoms of chronic pain and reduce your reliance on pain medication.
At Hudson Valley Spine and Pain, we utilize the spinal cord stimulator therapy and other innovative therapies to help reduce your pain, enhance your quality of life, and improve your long-term holistic health. Our goal is to help you find freedom and restore your mobility, so you can enjoy your life.
How Does the Spinal Cord Stimulator Work?
Although there are multiple types of spinal cord stimulators, they all are designed to work the same and achieve the same goal. Each spinal cord stimulator will be made up of three main parts:
- A pulse generator and a battery tasked with creating the electrical pulses.
- A lead wire with different electrodes designed to transmit the electrical pulses to your spinal cord.
- A hand-held remote control that can be used to activate and deactivate the device as well as adjust the settings.
Once the spinal cord stimulator is placed underneath in your body, it will send a mild electrical current to your spinal cord. A tiny wire transmits the current from the pulse generator to the nerve fibers in your spinal cord.
When activated, the spinal cord stimulator will stimulate the nerves in the area wherever pain is felt. The electrical pulses work to modify and mask the pain signal to prevent it from reaching your brain.
However, it’s important to understand the spinal cord stimulator doesn’t actually eliminate the cause or source of the pain. Instead, it interferes with the pain signal being transmitted to your brain. With the spinal cord stimulator, the amount of pain relief can vary from person to person.
Am I a Candidate for the Spinal Cord Stimulator?
Most patients selected to receive a spinal cord stimulator have suffered from debilitating, chronic pain for an extended period in their arm, lower back, or leg. Most patients who elect to receive a spinal cord stimulator have also had one or more spinal surgeries. The spinal cord stimulator is proven to help reduce pain associated with:
- Chronic arm or leg pain
- Failed back surgery syndrome
- Complex regional pain syndrome
Trial Spinal Cord Stimulator Placement
Stimulation doesn’t work for everyone. While some people find the sensation unpleasant, the spinal cord stimulator may not effectively cover the entire area of pain for other patients. Because of this, we will typically perform a trial stimulation before the device is placed and implanted permanently. If the trial is unsuccessful, we can easily remove the wires with no damage to the nerves or spinal cord.
Contact Hudson Valley Spine and Pain for Spinal Cord Stimulator Pain Relief
Chronic pain can be debilitating and significantly hamper your ability to perform the most mundane day-to-day functions. If you suffer from this type of pain, the medical professionals at Hudson Valley Spine and Pain are here to help. We bring decades of experience helping our patients find relief, enjoy a higher quality of life, and enhance their long-term, holistic health.