Several studies have suggested spinal cord stimulation, or SCS, can relieve chronic pain caused by back surgery or complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS. You can do a trial of the spinal stimulator to see if you are reacting favorably to the device.
How Does Your Pain Rate?
Answer some basic questions regarding your chronic pain. Have these answers ready for when you visit your pain specialist to see if you are a good candidate for the spine stimulator.
- Have you had pain that has lasted over six months?
- What is your average level of pain on a pain scale of 1-10, 1 being the least amount of pain, and 10 being debilitating?
- Where is your pain located?
- Do you feel any relief when you lean on something, bend over or sit down?
Bring a list of previous treatment modalities that you have tried in the past including medication, physical therapy and any other adjunctive regimens when you visit our clinic.
Types of Pain Treated by Spinal Cord Stimulation
Typically, the criterion for spinal stimulation is in cases of low back pain, leg pain and complex regional pain syndrome. Furthermore, it is also effective in treating headaches, spinal cord injuries, neck pain, arm pain, abdominal pain and pelvic pain.
Will Spinal Cord Stimulation Help Your Pain?
The treatment is selected based on previous care, on the patient’s health and potential benefits. This process includes the types of pain, how long the chronic pain has been going on and other factors to weigh the medical benefits on a per-individual patient basis.
Most patients who are referred for SCS have tried other treatments in the past and that is important. Dr. Leong from Stanford Pain Medicine at stanfordhealthcare.org recommends that, “SCS candidates have tried the four components of comprehensive pain management before considering spinal cord stimulation: medications, such as such as gabapentin, pregabalin or duloxetine, which are indicated for nerve pain; interventional or injection-type pain management therapies, such as trigger point injections, epidurals or medial branch blocks, physical therapy and sessions with a pain psychologist.”
Please do not delay in contacting your pain specialist at Caliber Pain in New York City. They will go over a comprehensive treatment plan of action and are here to help you get relief from chronic pain.
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