Chronic pain is a medical condition that can affect many aspects of your life, including your ability to work and enjoy recreational activities. Uzma Nasir, MD, is a pain management specialist devoted to finding the best treatment to help reduce your pain. At Long Island Chronic Pain in East Northport, Centereach, and Huntington Station, New York, Dr. Nasir offers spinal cord stimulator as a treatment option for chronic pain. To learn more and see if it’s right for you, call your nearest office or schedule a consultation using the online tool.
A spinal cord stimulator is a small device that is implanted under your skin. It works by sending a low voltage electric current to your spinal cord, which disrupts pain signals sent to your brain, decreasing the painful sensation. It doesn’t stop the pain but masks your sense of pain.
Spinal cord stimulators are a common way to treat chronic pain. It not only reduces the pain sensation but could decrease your reliance on prescription medication for pain control.
Your physician determines if you’re a good candidate for a spinal cord stimulator after an examination and review of your medical and pain history. The device is FDA-approved to assist in the management of pain that affects the back, arms, and legs.
You could be a candidate if:
Your physician may recommend a spinal cord stimulator for patients with sciatica, chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and chronic back pain.
Placing a spinal cord stimulator is a surgical procedure. Before the device is implanted, Your physician recommends a trial placement. The leads are temporarily implanted in your spine and connected to a trial cord stimulator you wear on a special belt. Over the next 4-7 days, your physician recommends you track your pain to see if the stimulator provides relief.
If you find the spinal cord stimulator helpful in relieving your pain, they implant the device and lead under your skin. The leads are inserted into the epidural space of your spine, while the stimulator is implanted under the skin of your buttocks or abdomen.
After placement of your spinal cord stimulator, it takes about 10 days for you to fully recover. Your physician has you come in so they can adjust your settings as needed to help you get the most effective pain relief.
While each patient’s experience differs, you could notice a 50-80% decrease in your pain after implantation of the device.
Call Long Island Chronic Pain today or schedule an appointment online to see if you’re a good candidate for the spinal cord stimulator.