Worldwide, chronic back pain is a leading cause of missed work and decreased productivity. In fact, health care costs related to back pain are estimated to be $50-100 million annually.
If you’re like the more than 16 million American adults who struggle to work and function with chronic back pain, you’ve likely tried many things to stop the pain.
When conservative measures like massage, heat therapy, acupuncture, spinal manipulation, spinal decompression, and chiropractic care don’t relieve the pain, some doctors prescribe painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications. Unfortunately, some of these medications can be addictive and come with many negative side effects.
That’s why our sought-after pain expert, Dr. Amol Soin, here at the Ohio Pain Clinic in Centerville, OH, is a leading provider of spinal cord stimulation, which is a powerful drug-free option for chronic back pain. Read on to learn more about this groundbreaking treatment option.
The spinal cord stimulation process
Through a small device called a spinal cord stimulator that Dr. Soin places just beneath the skin on your back, you receive periodic electrical impulses that interrupt pain signals to your brain. Instead, you feel gentle tingling sensations.
The stimulator is equipped with tiny wires called leads that run alongside your spinal cord. With a handheld remote, you control your pain as it shifts or increases throughout the day. Over time, your normal pain-blocking receptors are restored, improving pain and increasing circulation.
Conditions that respond well to spinal cord stimulation
In addition to chronic back pain, spinal cord stimulators are effective for these types of pain as well:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Peripheral vascular disease
Safe and effective
Spinal cord stimulation is a safe and effective treatment for your chronic pain. The FDA-approved therapy offers significant and long-lasting relief for nearly 34,000 people who choose this non-opioid pain solution each year. It’s growing in popularity because it’s minimally invasive, fully reversible, and has very few complications.
Candidates for spinal cord stimulation
After a thorough medical evaluation, Dr. Soin may recommend spinal cord stimulation if:
- You’ve had chronic pain for more than a year
- Other pain treatments have failed
- You pass a brief trial period with sustained pain reduction
- You want to avoid medications
Spinal cord stimulation is a fast-growing field and delivers profound drug-free relief from chronic back pain. We welcome you to one of our four locations to meet with Dr. Soin for a comprehensive exam and evaluation to see if the procedure is right for you. Call now or use the convenient online scheduling option.