Would A Neurostimulator Help Me?

Chronic pain is not only frustrating but significantly debilitating. When typical forms of pain management fail to provide results, some patients turn to spinal cord stimulation. Neurotransmitters use a small generator placed under the skin with corresponding electrodes to send electronic impulses directly into the spinal cord. Often useful for chronic pain, critical regulatory boards emphasize the importance of completing a trial period before the implantation surgery. Many health care providers suggest a stimulation trial on a patient for 3-7 days, with success defined as a 50% reduction in pain levels. Neurostimulators can provide notable relief for many patients when used in tandem with other pain management systems.

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Boosting patient agency

Some experts suggest a neurostimulator for particularly stubborn and severe forms of pain from nerve pain and angina to radiation-related neuropathy. Spinal cord stimulation relieves pain by targeting multiple muscle groups via the spine, altering how the brain senses pain. With thin wires acting as electrodes and a small battery pack as a generator, the device sends electrical impulses directly to areas of pain. Using a small remote control, patients can use electric impulses to promote better sleep patterns and quality of life.

When all else fails

A recent study noted that 50,000 neurostimulators are deployed each year to help patients cope with unmanageable pain levels. Where other pain relief systems have failed, electronic impulse devices offer the unique opportunity for significantly improving debilitating symptoms. When combined with physical therapy, specific medications, and exercise, neurostimulators can improve overall quality of life and sleep while reducing the need for pain medicines. During the 3-7 day trial, the surgeons will adjust treatment based on x-rays, shifting electrodes to target specific areas of pain.

Which device do I need?

As technology improved and designs streamlined, uniform neurostimulators emerged. To ensure the patient understands the device fully, surgeons will outline operations along with how to adjust the intensity of the electrical signal. Since walking requires more energy than sitting on the couch, physicians suggest saving the handful of most used preset programs.

Living a pain-free life

Chronic pain disrupts the lives of countless patients. When medication and physical therapy do not begin to address pain levels, many physicians recommend pursuing a neurostimulator trial. Using a generator inserted beneath the skin, spinal cord stimulation sends electric impulses directly to areas of pain. By swapping pain with light tingling, neurostimulators allow patients to achieve a much higher quality of life.

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