A Spinal Cord Stimulation Trial is extremely advantageous because this procedure takes very little time and it can be performed on an outpatient basis in a sterile office setting.
After the trial period, the patient and physician are able to make a results-based decision whether or not spinal cord stimulation should be a permanent therapy option for that particular patient.
What is a Spinal Cord Stimulator?
A Spinal Cord Stimulator is a specialized device designed to stimulate the spinal cord and spinal nerves through mild electrical impulses.
The impulses “mask” the nerve/pain signals sent from the spine to the brain in a process called neuromodulation. As a result, pain is no longer experienced and a pleasant, soothing or tingling sensation occurs instead. The degree of pain relief varies from patient to patient, and so does the perception of pleasant tingling, but the experience is overall a positive, pain-relieving phenomenon.
Spinal Cord Stimulation is a novel technology that has been proven as an effective treatment for patients suffering from chronic (i.e., neuropathic) pain. Neuropathic pain occurs when there is a disease, injury or trauma to the spinal cord (central nervous system) or nerves outside the spinal column (peripheral nervous system).
A trial period during which the device’s efficacy for an individual patient can be evaluated is called a Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial and can be performed at our pain management clinic in Pompano Beach. For more information contact us at 954 543 5100.Because of its efficacy in relieving pain, Spinal Cord Stimulation can be successfully applied in treating some of the most difficult back-related pain problems, such as:
- intractable low back pain
- intractable leg pain
- failed back surgery syndrome
- diabetic neuropathy
- complex regional pain syndrome
The use of a Spinal Cord Stimulator may enable patients to control and relieve their pain. The main goal is to bring chronic pain to a manageable level so our patients are able to enjoy their daily life.
A Spinal Cord Stimulation Trial - Why Is It Beneficial?
A Spinal Cord Stimulation trial period is necessary if you are considering the permanent version of the treatment. The trial period serves as a test and allows our practitioners to predict whether or not the therapy will provide a satisfactory level of pain relief.
During the trial period, an external version of the SCS device is used for a period of 2-7 days. It is the doctor who determines the length of the trial period. After that time, the patient and the doctor will know if a spinal cord stimulator is right for the patient’s pain. It is crucial for the patient to be able to test the device, get familiar with the sensation of spinal stimulation, find out how well they respond to the sensation throughout the day, and evaluate its effectiveness in managing pain during activity or at rest.
If you suffer from chronic (neuropathic) pain, this solution might be right for you!
Our pain management doctor in Pompano Beach will analyze your condition and determine if this treatment can relieve your pain and improve the quality of your life. For more information about Spinal Cord Stimulation Trial in Pompano Beach, contact us today at (954)-543-5100.