Spinal Stimulation Treatment for Pain Management
Pulsed stimulation of the nervous system--brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerve—can be an effective solution to pain management. A spinal cord stimulator (cervical and thoracolumbar epidural spinal stimulators) can be used to help control chronic pain. New research supports the cost effectiveness, safety and clinical value of spinal stimulators when compared to patients undergoing reoperation for failed spinal surgery.
Improvements to techniques over the years now include the use of electrode paddles instead of the traditional electrode wire due to their superior ability to control low back pain, their greater reliability and their lower energy usage. Paddles must be placed with a surgical procedure to relieve pressure on the nerves or spinal cord, so this requires the assistance of a spinal surgeon. Minimally-invasive spinal techniques can also be used for spinal stimulator implantation, particularly in the neck region, thereby reducing the size of incisions and discomfort after surgery.
Also, peripheral nerve stimulators can be placed on a variety of peripheral (outside the brain or spinal cord) nerves based on where you experience your pain. Peripheral nerve stimulation has an emerging and promising role in the management of chronic headache syndromes. Rechargeable pulse generating units are also now available for use in patients who are able and willing to perform the recharge procedure.
Meet the Multi-Disciplinary Pain Management Surgery Team
If you have questions about a pain management appointment or need a physician referral to Augusta University pain management surgical services, please call us directly at 706- 721-3071.