Spinal Cord Stimulation in Frisco, TX

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What are the Benefits of Spinal Cord Stimulation?

There are many reasons patients in Frisco, TX turn to spinal cord stimulation therapy to help manage their chronic pain. This innovative treatment can improve your quality of life while reducing your dependence on opioid medications and other pain management therapies. Additional benefits of working with Dr. Lewis:

  • Increased mobility and range of motion
  • Reduced need for additional treatments or surgeries
  • Decreased dependency on pain medications
  • Improved quality of life and sense of wellbeing
  • Increased ability to participate in daily activities, hobbies, and work

What is Spinal Cord Stimulation?

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a medical procedure used to alleviate chronic pain in certain individuals who have not found relief from more traditional pain management methods. The technique involves the implantation of a small device, similar to a pacemaker, near the spinal cord. This device delivers mild electrical impulses to the nerves in the spinal cord, interfering with pain signals and replacing them with a more tolerable tingling sensation known as paresthesia. Spinal cord stimulation is often considered for conditions such as failed back surgery syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, and peripheral neuropathy. It offers a non-destructive and reversible option for managing chronic pain, allowing individuals to enhance their quality of life and regain functionality with less reliance on medications and invasive procedures.

Diminishing Signals of Pain

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 & Physical Medicine, 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 us to schedule a consultation with a Frisco or Irving pain specialist and learn more about spinal cord stimulation.

Am I Candidate for 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 this treatment, patients will undergo a trial process in order to evaluate the effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation to combat their pain.

What to Expect from Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation begins with the trial stimulation 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, we may suggest a permanent spinal cord stimulator device be inserted and will adjust the settings on the device to provide maximum pain relief.

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 Today!

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.

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