NovaSpine Pain Institute
Pain Management in Sun City, Sun City West, Glendale and Gilbert, Arizona
More than 20% of adults in the United States suffer from chronic pain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. If you suffer from severe spine and/or extremity pain that hasn’t improved with traditional pain management, you may want to consider spinal cord stimulation. At NovaSpine Pain Institute, the expert pain management team offers this innovative pain device and can talk to you about whether it can help you find relief. To learn more about spinal cord stimulation, call the office nearest you, which includes Sun City West, Sun City, Gilbert, and Glendale, Arizona, or use the online contact form.
Spinal Cord Stimulator Q & A
What is spinal cord stimulation?
Spinal cord stimulation is a device that helps control pain that’s resistant to traditional pain management methods.
The device uses special electrodes that are placed into the epidural space of your spine. The electrodes send a mild electrical current that interferes with the transmission of pain sensations to the brain.
The team at NovaSpine Pain Institute finds that the spinal cord stimulation device is an effective pain management tool for those who fail to get relief from more conservative methods or who have had surgery that’s failed to relieve their pain.
How would I know if I’m a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation?
The pain management team at NovaSpine Pain Institute determines if you’re a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation during a consultation. To be considered a good candidate, the team takes into consideration whether you:
- Have tried and failed to get pain relief from conservative methods
- Failed to get relief from your pain after surgery
- Aren’t a good candidate for surgery
- Don’t have untreated depression or drug addiction
- Successfully completed a spinal cord stimulation trial
What happens during the spinal cord stimulation trial?
Before a permanent spinal cord stimulation device is placed, you must first undergo a trial. The team at NovaSpine Pain Institute offers placement of the leads for your trial at the office under fluoroscopic guidance.
During the minimally invasive procedure, your doctor places the electrodes into your epidural space and the leads are connected to the spinal cord stimulator device you wear on your waist.
Your doctor provides you with specific instructions on how to use your device and requests you document your pain during the trial period. After 5-7 days, you return to the office. The temporary leads are removed and your doctor reviews the results of your trial.
How is the permanent spinal cord stimulation placed?
If you had significant improvement in your pain during the trial period, your doctor will then talk to you about the permanent placement of your device. The team works with the leading spinal cord stimulator vendors and can find the device best suited to you.
For a consultation to learn more about spinal cord stimulation and how it could benefit your chronic pain, call NovaSpine Pain Institute or use the online contact form.