About SPINAL CORD STIMULATION
Spinal cord stimulation works by disguising pain signals that cause chronic pain. Using electric pulses, spinal cord stimulation is able to diminish signals of pain before they are recognized by the brain. At Lewis Pain Management, Dr. Jerry Lewis provides spinal cord stimulation therapy for patients experiencing chronic pain that may occur in the back, legs, or arms. The stimulation does not eliminate or cure the source of the pain, but instead, it alters the way the brain recognizes the pain. It can also decrease the patient’s need for opioid medications as a form of pain management and help them return to their normal daily activities without having to be restricted by pain. Contact our Frisco, TX office to schedule a consultation and learn more about spinal cord stimulation.
Spinal cord stimulation therapy can be a good option for those suffering from chronic pain that has been unsuccessfully treated with other therapies or surgery. There are several causes of chronic pain including diseases affecting the nervous system, arthritis, spinal stenosis, multiple sclerosis, injury, etc. Prior to receiving a permanent stimulator, patients will undergo a trial stimulation process in order to evaluate the effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation to combat their pain.
Spinal cord stimulation begins with the trial stimulation which is performed as an outpatient procedure under general or local anesthesia. Dr. Lewis will begin by inserting a hollow needle into the space between the bone and the spinal cord. The electrical wires are then inserted and are externally attached to a generator. The patient will be sent home with their trial stimulator in order to evaluate any changes in pain. If the patient confirms significant pain relief, Dr. Lewis may suggest a permanent spinal cord stimulator device be inserted. This is similar to the trial simulation procedure, but this time the generator is inserted under the patient’s skin, allowing them to program their own electrical pulses. Dr. Lewis will adjust the settings on the device to provide maximum pain relief.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Typically, patients are discharged from the outpatient center on the same day as their procedure and they will be sent home with the appropriate post-treatment instructions. Patients may need to attend a follow-up appointment so that Dr. Lewis can remove their sutures and assess their healing progress. He can also make any needed adjustments to the stimulator.
BEGIN MANAGING YOUR PAIN
Spinal cord stimulation can be a successful procedure in helping individuals manage their chronic pain. Dr. Lewis provides this procedure for patients suffering from a wide variety of conditions that can cause uncomfortable, consistent pain. To learn more about spinal cord stimulation at Lewis Pain Management, contact our Frisco, TX office today.