Spinal cord stimulation reduces the need for pain medicines and can significantly improve your overall quality of life when you have treatment-resistant neuromusculoskeletal pain. If you want to find out whether you're a good candidate for a spinal cord stimulator implant, the board-certified pain management specialists at Lynx Healthcare in Farmington and Albuquerque, New Mexico, can help. They are experts in using advanced technologies like spinal cord stimulation to relieve the symptoms of a wide range of challenging pain conditions. To find out more, call the nearest office or use the online booking tool today.
Spinal cord stimulation is a neuromodulation treatment, which means it uses electrical signals to alter nerve activity and reduce pain.
The spinal cord stimulator device consists of electrodes and a generator, which the team at Lynx Healthcare implants between your spinal cord and vertebrae.
The device stimulates the sensory nerves in your spinal cord. This masks your pain by allowing you to send electrical impulses via a remote control handset.
Spinal cord stimulation is an adaptable treatment that can help with both acute and chronic back pain.
Spinal cord stimulation is a treatment you might want to consider if other methods like medication, physical therapy, and steroid injections or nerve blocks aren't relieving your pain.
You might have a degenerative condition like facet joint arthritis or an injury to your back that's not responding to treatment. Post-surgical pain and conditions like complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) can also benefit from spinal cord stimulation.
Spinal cord stimulation can be useful for areas other than your back or neck, as well. For example, post-amputation pain, foot pain, post-knee surgery pain, and post-hernia repair pain can all benefit from spinal cord stimulation.
Before having a spinal cord stimulator implantation, you undergo a trial period of around a week. The team at Lynx Healthcare places a wire into the space outside your spinal cord, with an external generator. This enables you to test how well spinal cord stimulation helps with your pain symptoms before the full implantation.
After a successful trial, you can have the implantation surgery. This minimally invasive procedure involves making a small incision in your back, near your waist. The team then positions the electrode or wire into the space behind your spinal cord.
The wire connects to a small battery-powered generator set near your waist. After checking the system works correctly, the team closes the incision and you can go home once your anesthetic wears off. The incision usually heals within 2-4 weeks after your surgery.
You control the spinal cord stimulator using a small handheld remote. There are rechargeable generators that can last 10-15 years and non-rechargeable generators that need replacing every 3-5 years.
If you're experiencing spinal pain and conservative treatments aren't working, talk to Lynx Healthcare about spinal cord stimulation to see if it's a viable treatment option for you. Call or book an appointment online today.