Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation is used for various painful conditions such as radiculopathy (radiating symptoms), neuropathy, and complex regional pain syndrome.
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A referral IS REQUIRED for this service.
Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy
How does it work?
A spinal cord stimulator is an implantable device much like a pacemaker. This implant has one or two leads that are positioned within the epidural space of the spine, with the other ends tunneled to a battery that is just under the skin in the soft tissues.
An electrical stimulus is delivered over the back of the spinal cord to help in diminishing the intensity of the pain. The perception is a low-level tingling or “buzzing” sensation that replaces the pain.
Advantages of the Spinal Cord Stimulator
A spinal cord stimulator trial is performed to assess your response to the device before a permanent implant is placed. This is a great advantage compared to surgery, which is permanent, no matter the outcome.
A spinal cord stimulator allows you to be in control of your pain relief. You determine when it is needed.
You may resume all of your normal every day activities with the implantable device.
You may be able to reduce the amount of oral pain medications you take each day, reducing side effects of the medication.
New spinal cord stimulator devices are MRI compatible.
The batteries for a spinal cord stimulator may be rechargeable and last up to 10 years.
You may be a good candidate for a spinal cord stimulator, if you are experiencing:
Failed back surgery
Complex regional pain syndrome
Neuropathy or nerve pain
Visceral abdominal or perineal pain
Dr. David Stensland
Dr. Stensland is a physiatrist, a doctor trained to treat a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. He evaluates patients who have suffered chronic back pain or radiating pain symptoms. He may recommend a spinal cord stimulator for patients who have not successfully been able to reduce their pain symptoms using other conservative treatments or surgery.
Since all patients considering an implantable device need the same information prior to deciding if it is a desirable option, Dr. Stensland hosts an educational meeting on predetermined dates. We ask you first attend one of his meetings before scheduling an office visit with Dr. Stensland for a complete evaluation.
TO ATTEND THIS CLASS, PLEASE RSVP TO 260-432-1800, ext 324.
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