X

THE PAIN CENTER BLOG

Our blog is designed to help our patients live a happier and healthier life.

25Jul

Why You May Need a Spinal Cord Stimulator

Pain Management, Spinal Cord | | Return|

A spinal cord stimulator, or SCS, consists of surgically implanted leads and electrodes that the surgeon places under the skin to send electric impulses from a pulse generator to the patient's spinal cord. Small wires are attached to the pulse generator, sending mild impulses from the device to the spinal cord's nerve fibers to reduce the patient's pain. Instead of pain, the patient feels a pleasant tingling sensation called paresthesia. Although spinal cord stimulation has a high success rate, this surgery is reversible, so patients who choose to discontinue spinal cord stimulation therapy in the future can have the SCS removed.

 

The Spinal Cord Stimulator Procedure

To place a spinal cord stimulator, the surgeon numbs the patient's skin and makes a small incision in the buttocks or abdomen. Then, the surgeon inserts the spinal cord stimulator's wires under the skin, stretching them on top of the spinal cord. The wires connect to a small generator that the patient will carry with them. Usually, a spinal cord stimulator procedure takes up to 2 hours.

 

Conditions Treated by Spinal Cord Stimulators

While spinal cord stimulation does not relieve all types of pain, this technology can treat an array of painful medical conditions. Spinal cord stimulation may be a viable option for those who suffer from diabetic neuropathy, complex regional pain syndrome, post-surgical residual back pain, persistent neck pain and chronic back pain that cannot be remedied by exercise, medicine or alternative treatments.

 

Typical Results of a Spinal Cord Stimulator Procedure

Spinal cord stimulation can be successful at helping people manage their chronic pain by significantly reducing the severity of their pain. Although each person's level of pain is unique, the findings from multiple studies on spinal cord stimulation show that spinal cord stimulators decreased at least 85 percent of patients' pain by 50 percent to 70 percent. A lot of spinal cord stimulator patients feel that this device has restored their ability to complete everyday activities and allowed them to enjoy life once again.

 

If you want to reclaim your life, click HERE to contact us!

 

Pain Management Idaho | Boise Pain Center 

Related

Is Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation Effective for Lower Back Pain?

Is Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation Effective for Lower Back Pain?

Back pain is a common condition that many people experience. In fact, over 80% of the world's po...

Read More >
Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation, otherwise known as rhizotomy, is a procedure that utilizes heat to either r...

Read More >
What is a Pain Center and How Can They Help Me?

What is a Pain Center and How Can They Help Me?

A pain center is a healthcare facility that specializes in the diagnosis & management of chronic pai...

Read More >
What Are Spinal Cord Stimulators?

What Are Spinal Cord Stimulators?

The use of Spinal Cord Stimulators as a treatment option have been in practice for decades. Spinal C...

Read More >
Is There a Cure For Phantom Limb Pain? Will It Ever Go Away?

Is There a Cure For Phantom Limb Pain? Will It Ever Go Away?

Phantom limb pain (PLP) is a perception of pain originating from a body part that is no longer there...

Read More >
Is There a Cure for Arthritis?

Is There a Cure for Arthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis which affects older adults. It is one of th...

Read More >

CONTACT US

Our entire practice revolves around helping patients feel better. Pain is a fact of life, until it interferes with the joys of living. Sandra Thompson, MD and The Pain Center have innovative and comprehensive solutions to all forms of discomfort.

All insurances accepted.

  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *

Phone Number:

Boise Fax: (208) 342-4223
Caldwell Fax:(208) 455-5190

Email Us:

Address:

Boise: 633 N. 4th St. Boise, ID 83702
Caldwell: 1825 S Kimball Ave, Caldwell, ID 83605

Hours:

Monday: 8am - 5pm
Tuesday: 8am - 5pm
Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: Closed
ABOUT US

We are a group of pain management experts dedicated to helping patients live life better.

 READ MORE

FOLLOW US

If you would like to see how we are helping the community live better, check out The Pain Center on social.

STOP BACK PAIN

Premier back pain treatments that will help reduce, relieve and improve your overall quality of life. Our goal is to provide the highest quality of service and results.

 READ MORE

CONTACT US

Boise Phone: (208) 342-9800

Boise Fax: (208) 342-4223

Caldwell Phone: (208) 455-3535

Caldwell Fax: (208) 455-5190

Our Locations:

  • Boise: 633 N. 4th St. Boise, ID 83702
  • Caldwell: 1825 S Kimball Ave, Caldwell, ID 83605