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Approximately 80% of the population in the United States has grappled with low back pain at some point in their lives, and 20% develop chronic issues with the problem. If you find yourself in this unfortunate group, a spinal cord stimulator may help. The team of back pain specialists at Neuro Pain Consultants have had great success with spinal cord stimulators, helping patients regain their quality of life. To learn more, call one of the locations in Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Macomb Township, and West Bloomfield, Michigan, or use the online scheduling tool to set up a consultation.
Chronic pain in your back, which often travels down into your legs, is a difficult condition to deal with, especially if symptoms haven’t been relieved by more conservative pain management techniques. This resistance may lie in very persistent nerves that continue to send pain signals to your brain, despite all of your most ardent efforts.
With a spinal cord stimulator, the doctors at Neuro Pain Consultants implant a device into your back that emits electrical signals to disrupt the messaging between your nerves and your brain. In effect, it blocks the transmission of pain signals without resorting to habit-forming medications.
The stimulator doesn’t address the underlying source of your pain, but, instead, works on the primary symptom — your discomfort.
Chronic pain can be frustratingly hard to pin down and, in the end, you can be left with no answers, on top of the pain. For just these situations, the doctors at Neuro Pain Consultants turn to a spinal cord stimulator to, at the very least, address the pain that’s disrupting your quality of life.
If you’ve tried conservative treatments to no avail, and you’re not a candidate for surgery, a spinal cord stimulator may provide the answer you’re looking for. As well, if you’ve developed scar tissue around your nerves or you suffer from chronic inflammation of your nerves (arachnoiditis), the stimulator can usually help.
Spinal cord stimulators are designed to provide a 50-70% improvement in your discomfort, allowing you to get back to your life without debilitating pain.
If you and your doctor at Neuro Pain Consultants decide to try a spinal cord stimulator, you first undergo a trial run with a temporary system. If you respond well and you don’t have any side effects, your doctor implants a permanent device.
Through a minor surgery, your doctor places the device and runs wires into your spine in the areas where your trial run proved successful. Your doctor typically implants your spinal cord stimulator in an outpatient procedure, though sometimes they might have you spend the night in the hospital to make sure everything is functioning smoothly.
To find relief from chronic, treatment-resistant back or leg pain, call Neuro Pain Consultants or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment.
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