Are you one of millions of Americans who are suffering from chronic back pain? Have you tried other alternatives without results? At Pain Care Boise, experienced interventional pain management physicians William Binegar, MD, and Christopher Vaughan, MD. In their Downtown Boise, Idaho, office, the team prescribes individualized cutting-edge treatments to help alleviate your chronic back pain with spinal cord stimulator device. Call the office today or book an appointment online now.
SCS is a similar technology to a pacemaker with the end result being an electrode placed in the epidural space, which is connected to a generator placed under your skin (typically upper buttocks/hip/back). This technology is usually reserved for patients with refractory neuropathic extremity pain not responsive to other conservative treatments. There have been a recent advance in technology utilizing higher frequencies and doing “burst” stimulation. With the older/classic/tonic waveforms people would feel a “tingling” sensation in the area of their pain.
For failed back surgery patients experiencing low back and leg pain, you may experience relief from leg pain, but sometimes not from back pain. One benefit of the SCS device is that you also no longer need to turn it off while driving, as is the case with other options.
SCS is most commonly done for low back and leg pain, but also for CRPS/RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy), phantom pain and sometimes other neuropathic pain problems.
Dorsal Root Ganglion DRG stimulation is a new type of SCS. This type of stimulation is especially helpful for specific body parts, post-surgical pain and for the diagnosis of CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome). In this procedure, the electrodes are placed over the nerve root instead of over the spinal cord as with SCS. Only advanced trained physicians such as at PCB offer this technology.
To learn more about which treatment options may be most suitable for you, call Pain Care Boise or request a visit online today.