Spinal Cord Stimulation in Chicago
When someone has chronic pain, the goal is to treat it at the source, resolving the underlying issue bringing on these uncomfortable symptoms. The problem? Sometimes, the source is unclear or cannot be corrected. When this happens, doctors have to refocus their approach from addressing the underlying causes of pain to treating the pain itself.
Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain
SCS Treatment Systems
There are many different SCS device systems. While they have their advantages and disadvantages, all should have three central parts in common:
Some have rechargeable batteries while others do not. Some strictly rely on patient control while others adjust based on things like position and activity level. All should have programmable settings that you can rely on for treatment.
Ideal Candidates for SCS Treatment
Not everyone is suited to SCS therapy. In general, you should follow your doctor’s guidance when deciding on getting an SCS device. However, ideal candidates generally meet the following qualifications:
Keep in mind that SCS therapy is best on those in the early stages of chronic pain. However, it might work even for someone who has spent years battling their pain disorder.
Frequently Asked Questions
A spinal cord stimulator is a device that is implanted under the skin to help relieve chronic pain. The device sends electrical pulses to the spinal cord, which help to block pain signals from reaching the brain. Spinal cord stimulators are very effective in treating chronic pain and can provide significant relief for patients who have not found relief through other methods.
Yes, you can live a normal life with a spinal cord stimulator. The device is implanted under the skin and is not visible. It is also very small, and most patients report that they do not even feel the device once it is implanted. The device is also adjustable, so you can control the amount of electrical stimulation you receive.
Our office will provide you with detailed instructions on how to use your spinal cord stimulator. You will also be given a remote control, which you can use to adjust the amount of electrical stimulation you receive. Most patients find the stimulator very easy to use and quickly get used to it. Additionally, our office is always available to answer any questions you may have about using the device.
Yes, you can have an MRI if you have a spinal cord stimulator. The device is made with special materials that are not affected by the magnetic field of an MRI. However, it is important to let the radiologist know that you have a spinal cord stimulator before having the MRI, as they will need to take special precautions to ensure that the device is not damaged during the procedure.