Spinal Cord Stimulator
A spinal cord stimulator is an implanted device that can relieve chronic back pain. It is implanted in your back, and a small wire, called a lead, is inserted in between the vertebrae in your spine. The lead intercepts the pain signals and uses an electrical impulse to change your perception of them to a gentle tingling.
Spinal cord stimulators are used when the cause of the pain cannot be treated directly, such as chronic neurological pain from failed back surgery syndrome or neuropathy. The device and lead are implanted under the skin and are unnoticeable to outside observers.
Generally a 3-7 day trial is done to ensure that the spinal cord stimulator will adequately relieve your pain. If you are comfortable with the amount of pain reduction during the trial, our doctors will implant a permanent spinal cord stimulator to provide you with constant pain relief.
The comedian Jerry Lewis has been using a spinal cord stimulator to handle his chronic back pain since 2002. He experienced 100% pain relief and is now a spokesperson for Medtronic, a company that manufacturers spinal cord stimulators. You can read about his experience in an interview or watch a video interview with him to hear more about how spinal cord stimulator worked for him.
Injections of steroids are frequently used to relieve pain in a specific location. Instead of using over the counter pain medication that floods your entire system with medication, steroid injections can treat the pain and swelling directly at the source. They are also used for diagnosis — our doctors may inject a small amount of steroids to determine if the correct source of pain has been identified.
Our perform two types of steroid injections: epidural and intra articular. Epidural injections are given into the spine, such as to treat or diagnose herniated discs. Intra articular injections are given into joints, to diagnose or treat facet arthopathy or sacroiliac joint pain.
These injections are needle-based procedures in which our doctors use fluoroscopy (X-ray guidance) to ensure that the steroids are delivered to the precise location that is causing your pain.
Steroid injections can provide pain relief for up to a year, allowing you to proceed with rehabilitation programs that will help you return to an active and pain-free life.
This is an outpatient procedure performed at our free-standing facility. It requires no stitches, no general anesthesia, and it has a very quick recovery time. Most people experience complete pain relief immediately after the procedure, others report that their pain was gone or significantly reduced within 48 hours.