When medications and other therapies aren’t enough to relieve chronic pain related to a spinal disorder, you may be an ideal candidate for treatment with spinal cord stimulation. At Ohio Pain Clinic in Centerville, Ohio, pain management specialist Amol Soin, MD, is highly experienced in managing chronic spine pain and uses the latest technologies available in spinal cord stimulation therapy. Find out if spinal cord stimulation is right for you by calling Ohio Pain Clinic or by requesting an appointment online now.
Spinal cord stimulation is a treatment option for chronic pain that develops in your spine, usually due to compression on the spinal nerves or disease-related nerve damage. This type of chronic pain can interfere with your ability to stay active, and, if not properly treated, can result in a permanent disability.
Using a spinal cord stimulator device that’s connected to your spine, you can control your chronic pain by disrupting the pain signals that travel to your brain. This treatment may be an option if other therapies aren’t providing you with effective pain relief and you want to prolong or eliminate the need for surgery.
Spinal cord stimulation requires the surgical implantation of several electrical leads that attach to the affected nerves and a small generator that powers the stimulator device.
The leads and generator connect to an external control box that allows you to deliver electrical impulses of energy into the nerves when you feel pain. This energy prevents pain signals in your spinal nerves from reaching your brain, helping you find immediate and long-lasting relief of chronic pain.
Before Dr. Soin permanently implants the stimulator in your body, he suggests a trial period where the leads are temporarily attached to your nerves. He monitors the effectiveness of your treatment for several weeks before moving forward with implant surgery.
During the implant procedure, Dr. Soin makes a small incision in your back to place the lead wires. He makes a second incision around your waist to house the generator. Once the wires are connected and Dr. Soin tests the generator, he closes the incisions with sutures.
You will need time to recover from anesthesia before you can go home to rest. Dr. Soin requests a follow-up appointment to evaluate the healing of your incisions and your level of pain using the stimulator.
Before you go home from surgery, Dr. Sion provides comprehensive instructions for using your stimulator to control your pain. He shows you how to work the remote control that delivers the electrical impulses into the nerves and can provide guidance to help you find maximum pain relief based on your stimulator settings.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of spinal cord stimulation, schedule a consultation at Ohio Pain Clinic today using the online booking system or by calling the office.