Approximately 20% of those who suffer from back pain go on to experience chronic, hard-to-treat pain that places severe limitations on their lives. For relief of chronic back pain, the orthopedic specialists at Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine offer spinal stimulation implants. If you’d like to explore how spinal stimulation can bring you much-needed relief, call one of the four locations in Cincinnati, or the offices in Oxford, Sardinia, and West Chester, Ohio. Or you can use the online booking tool to set up an appointment.
The causes of pain in your low back or leg often improve on their own, or they can be surgically corrected. But not always, leaving you casting about for solutions that will remedy your pain, allowing you the ability to move freely again.
Among other things, scar tissue around your nerves or chronic inflammation of your nerves, such as arachnoiditis, may be at the root of your relentless leg and back pain. If your neurosurgeon feels that open surgery to decompress the nerves is unlikely to help combat your pain, the orthopedic specialists at Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine offer spinal cord stimulators, which have provided relief for many chronic back and leg pain sufferers.
The stimulator sends electrical impulses to the areas of your spinal cord that are causing the pain and interferes with the transmission of pain signals to your brain. For reasons that aren’t entirely understood, these impulses block your brain's ability to sense pain in the stimulated areas, thereby relieving your pain without the side effects that medications can cause.
If you opt for spinal stimulation, your doctor can target specific locations along your spine with electrical impulses and, if your pain changes or improves, they can adjust the stimulation as necessary.
To ensure accuracy and precision, you will undergo a trial stimulation period to see if the stimulation helps relieve your pain. If it does, your doctor implants a permanent stimulator and a battery pack, which provides charge to your stimulator.
You’re awake while your doctor places the simulator for your trial run. You’re able to determine, on the spot, whether the stimulator is covering the appropriate spot of your spinal cord to bring you pain relief.
Your doctor either places a paddle lead over your spinal cord by removing a piece of your lamina through a small open incision, or they insert the lead percutaneously (under your skin).
Several days later, if you’ve found good pain relief with the trial stimulator, your doctor fixes a permanent implant. The doctors perform this procedure on an outpatient basis, which means you’re free to go home that same day.
If you’d like to find out whether you’re a good candidate for spinal stimulation, call Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine or use the online booking tool to set up an appointment.