Spinal Cord Stimulation Specialist

Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine -  - Orthopaedic Surgery

Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine

Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Cincinnati, OH & Oxford, OH

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.

Spinal Cord Stimulation

Why would I need spinal stimulation?

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.

How does spinal stimulation work?

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.

How is a spinal stimulator implanted?

A stimulator screening trial is first undertaken to assess a patient's improvement in pain and function.  The trial is an outpatient procedure where 2 temporary wires are inserted into the spine.  This is attached to a battery pack which you go home with for 5 days.  The leads are removed in the office after the trial.  If you have significant pain relief you and your doctor can decide to proceed to implant.  
 
The implant usually takes place 4 weeks later. During the implant, a paddle lead or a percutaneous lead is placed in the spinal canal and attached to a battery. This is an outpatient procedure so you go home the 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.