Spinal Cord Stimulator Specialist

Interventional Pain Center -  - Interventional Pain Specialist

Interventional Pain Center

Interventional Pain Specialists located in Charlotte, NC

Chronic lower back pain is hard, sometimes nearly impossible, to treat with standard therapies. When you can’t find relief for your pain, it may be time to consider a spinal cord stimulator. The team at Interventional Pain Center, a division of Providence Anesthesiology Associates, has extensive experience relieving back and leg pain by implanting a spinal cord stimulator. Once you receive the device, it continues to relieve your pain in the long run. To schedule an appointment, call the office in central Charlotte, North Carolina, or request an appointment online.

Spinal Cord Stimulator Q & A

How does a spinal cord stimulator relieve my pain?

Spinal cord stimulators use a mild electrical impulse to change the activity of nerves in your spine. This treatment, called neuromodulation, masks or blocks the signals being relayed to your brain. When a pain signal doesn’t reach your brain, you won’t feel the pain even though the cause of the problem still exists.

What painful conditions can a spinal cord stimulator treat?

The team at Interventional Pain Center may recommend spinal cord stimulation to relieve chronic back or leg pain that develops due to:

  • Sciatica
  • Herniated disc
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Failed back surgery
  • Complex regional pain syndrome

You may also benefit from spinal cord stimulation if you have pain peripheral neuropathy or peripheral vascular disease causes.

How is a spinal cord stimulator implanted?

Your spinal cord stimulator consists of three parts: A small pulse generator, flexible wires with multiple leads, and a remote controller. Your doctor at Interventional Pain Center implants the generator under the skin of your abdomen, upper chest, or upper buttocks, depending on which area is most comfortable for you.

Using fluoroscopy to see inside your spine and to guide the wires to the right location, your doctor gently threads the wires along your spine, placing the leads near the nerves responsible for transmitting the pain signals.

Finally, your doctor uses the remote control to program the frequency and strength of the electrical impulses emitted by the generator.

How will I know whether a spinal cord stimulator can help me?

You’ll go through a trial to determine whether the spinal cord stimulator relieves your pain. Your doctor places the wires along your spine, but you’ll wear the pulse generator around your waist. After about a week, you can decide whether you want to have the pulse generator implanted or have the wires removed.

Am I a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation?

You may be a good candidate for a spinal cord stimulator if you meet the following criteria.

  • Debilitating pain has lasted at least three months
  • Conservative treatments have failed
  • Additional surgery isn’t recommended, or you don’t want surgery
  • You don’t have medical conditions that would interfere with implantation surgery
  • You had a successful trial period

Your doctor evaluates these factors together with your overall health to determine whether you’re a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation.

If you suffer from chronic back or leg pain, call Interventional Pain Center or request an appointment online to discuss spinal cord stimulation.