Back pain following spine surgery can be a challenging and often frustrating experience for many patients. While spine surgery aims to relieve pain and restore function, some individuals continue to experience persistent pain. This is where spinal cord stimulation (SCS) emerges as a beacon of hope.
Understanding Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation is a cutting-edge treatment designed to alleviate chronic pain, particularly in patients who have undergone spine surgeries but have not found sufficient relief from their symptoms. SCS involves delivering low-level electrical signals directly to the spinal cord, which helps mask pain signals before they reach the brain.
How Does Spinal Cord Stimulation Work?
Spinal cord stimulation involves implanting a small device known as a spinal cord stimulator. This device, typically implanted during a minimally invasive procedure, sends electrical pulses to the spinal cord. These pulses interfere with the nerve signals that convey the pain sensation to the brain. By interrupting these signals, SCS can significantly reduce pain, improving the quality of life for many patients.
Is Spinal Cord Stimulation Right for You?
Patients considering SCS typically have chronic back pain that has not responded well to other treatments, including surgery. Ideal candidates for SCS often include those with:
Persistent back pain following one or more spine surgeries.
Chronic pain syndromes like Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).
Neuropathic pain that manifests as a burning or tingling sensation.
Before deciding on spinal cord stimulation, a thorough evaluation by a pain management specialist is essential. This evaluation includes a review of medical history, physical examination, and sometimes a trial stimulation period to gauge the effectiveness of the treatment.
The Benefits of Spinal Cord Stimulation
The advantages of SCS are manifold. It offers a drug-free approach to pain management, reducing the reliance on pain medications and their associated side effects. Additionally, SCS is adjustable and reversible. Patients can control the intensity of the stimulation and, if necessary, can have the system turned off or removed.
A Step Towards Improved Quality of Life
For many patients struggling with post-surgery back pain, spinal cord stimulation opens a new chapter of hope. It provides an opportunity to engage more fully in daily activities and enjoy a more active lifestyle, free from the constraints of chronic pain.
We’re Here to Support You
At our clinic, we understand the complexities of post-surgery back pain and the journey to find relief. Our team of experts is committed to providing comprehensive care tailored to your specific needs. We leverage advanced diagnostic tools and innovative treatments like spinal cord stimulation to help you achieve the best possible outcomes.
If you’re experiencing persistent back pain after spine surgery and need help understanding your treatment options, please don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our pain specialists. Call 503-654-5636 or 541-205-0173 to schedule an appointment. We’re committed to helping you find relief and improve your quality of life.