How Does a Spinal Cord Stimulator Work?
Dr. Braxton may recommend the use of a spinal cord stimulator for patients who have experienced ongoing pain for six months or longer. As chronic pain is no longer a symptom of an injury but rather a nerve condition, spinal cord stimulation is considered a neurological treatment. It is often recommended for these chronic pain sensory conditions:
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Arachnoiditis – inflammation of the arachnoid
- Failed back syndrome
- Lumbar or cervical post laminectomy syndrome
In these conditions, nerves have been impacted such that they signal abnormal sensations that can include pain, burning, stinging, tingling, twitches, spasms, weakness, changes to the skin and paralysis. In every case, there is no known cure to relieve these neurological symptoms. Non-surgical treatments may provide some relief, however, the benefit of the spinal cord stimulator — to interrupt the nerve signal at the point of origin, is a welcome treatment for patients with chronic pain and neurological anomalies. Although the exact mechanism of the spinal cord stimulator is not fully understood, its effective use and long history of helping patients with chronic pain is well documented.