A spinal cord stimulator, also called a dorsal column stimulator, is an implanted electronic device used to help treat chronic pain.
Spinal cord stimulators have been used for over 30 years. The device delivers a low level electrical current through wires. The wires are placed in the area near your spinal cord. The device is similar in size to a pacemaker.
Nerve conduction of pain is interrupted by the low level electrical stimulation coming from the spinal cord stimulator. It interferes with the sensation of pain. The electrical stimulation is a distraction. This allows your brain to focus on the tingling, often soothing sensation it makes.
A 50 percent or greater decrease in pain can be expected through dorsal column stimulation. This should allow you to be more active. Also, decreased need for pain medications is commonly achieved and considered a successful result.
Spinal cord stimulation is usually considered when surgery, injections, physical therapy, medications, and other treatments have failed to give enough relief of pain. The pain is considered chronic and severe.
Spinal cord stimulation has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of chronic intractable pain in the trunk and limbs. It seems to work best for neuropathic pain. This is pain caused by injury or disease to nerves. It has also been used when there is continued pain, especially into the leg(s) following back surgery. This condition is called Failed Back Syndrome. It has also been used for a condition called chronic regional pain syndrome.
Dr. Schell is a foremost expert in the performance of dorsal column stimulation procedures. Â He regularly utilizes the latest technologies and techniquesÂ perform dorsal column stimulation procedures safely and effectively at a variety of convenient facilities. If you think you are a candidate for an Spinal Cord Stimulation procedure, please contact Schell Spinal.