Finding relief from chronic back pain can be extremely difficult. While there are many treatment options out there, it can take time to figure out which one will be the most effective and least invasive for a given patient. As pain management specialists we use a wide range of different treatments based on the specific details of a patients case. For many people, spinal cord stimulation in New York is a very effective choice.
By applying an electrical current to the spine it can reduce the ability for the pain to be transmitted to the brain. When effective, this will provide ongoing relief that can allow you to get back to living a normal life. If you would like to learn more about spinal cord stimulation in NYC, New York please read on. Once done, if you still have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to schedule a consultation with our doctors.
What is Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation is a procedure where an electrode is put in contact with a specific area of the spinal cord that is causing problems. It is then attached to a stimulator that can deliver an electrical current at a strength determined by the doctor (the current level is adjustable). In most cases a doctor will apply a temporary electrode and apply the current to see if it provides relief. This is a very simple procedure that only requires a small poke in the back.
If this temporary procedure results in significant pain relief, the doctor can implant a permanent stimulator that is surgically placed under the skin. This stimulator can then be turned on and off by the patient according to the doctor’s recommendations. Typically it will be used for an hour or two at a time, several times per day. This will be sufficient to keep the area numbed and the pain is minimized or eliminated.
How Effective is Spinal Cord Stimulation
This procedure is typically either quite effective or has very little impact depending on the patient. It has been shown to help patients with issues such as failed back surgery syndrome and complex regional pain syndrome, among other conditions. For those where this treatment option is effective patients often find that they enjoy significant or even complete elimination of pain. Due to the fact that even with the implant this is a minimally invasive procedure with very few potential negative side effects, it is a great option for many people.
If you are interested in learning more about spinal cord stimulation in NYC, please get in touch with us. We can talk with you over the phone or set up an appointment for you to come in and have an evaluation with our doctors. Whether this is the right treatment option or something else is better, we can help you find relief from chronic pain. Call us at 212-951-1238 or 718-336-5123 today.