How does spinal cord stimulation work?
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) works by delivering low-voltage electrical impulses to the spinal cord to interfere with the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Here are is how it works:
Spinal cord stimulation may also modulate the release of neurotransmitters involved in pain perception, such as endorphins and serotonin, which can further help to alleviate pain. Our pain management physicians at Garden State Pain and Orthopedics specialized in spinal cord stimulation. If you have any additional questions about SCS that are not addressed in this blog, you can schedule an appointment with them by selecting the “Book Now” button.
Who is a candidate for spinal cord stimulation?
Candidates for spinal cord stimulation typically have chronic pain that unfazed from other surgeries, or conservative treatments like medication and physical therapy Specific criteria for candidacy may vary depending on individual circumstances our provider’s recommendations, but generally, candidates for SCS may include paients who:
What conditions can spinal cord stimulation treat?
Spinal cord stimulation is primarily used to treat chronic pain conditions, particularly those that are neuropathic in nature. Neuropathic pain is caused by damage or dysfunction of the nervous system and is often described as shooting, burning, or tingling sensations. Some of the conditions that spinal cord stimulation may be used to treat include:
It's important to note that while spinal cord stimulation can provide significant pain relief for many with chronic pain, it may not be suitable or effective for everyone.
How effective is spinal cord stimulation in managing pain?
Studies and trials show that spinal cord stimulation has been found to be very effective in managing various types of chronic pain, particularly neuropathic pain conditions that are resistant to other forms of treatment.The effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation varies for every individual. All patients go through a 7-day trial phase to test their level of pain relief. The spinal cord stimulator is only then implanted in patients who experience a significant reduction in pain.
Will I still need to take pain medications after getting a spinal cord stimulator?
Whether you'll need pain medication after getting a spinal cord stimulator depends on various factors, including the effectiveness of the SCS in managing your pain. SCS should reduce the need to take pain medication. However, spinal cord stimulation does not make you feel “numb” and you may still need to take pain medications.
Can spinal cord stimulation completely eliminate pain, or is it more about managing it?
Spinal cord stimulation is typically more about managing pain rather than completely eliminating it. While SCS can provide significant relief for many individuals with chronic pain, it's important to understand that sometimes it does not completely eliminate pain. Pain perception varies widely among individuals, and what works well for one person may not be as effective for another. SCS may provide substantial pain relief for some individuals but only partial relief for others
Spinal cord stimulation is often used to manage neuropathic pain conditions that are difficult to treat with conventional therapies. While SCS can help interrupt pain signals and provide relief, it may not address the underlying cause of the pain, particularly if it's related to ongoing tissue damage or inflammation. Achieving optimal pain relief with SCS often requires careful adjustment of the device settings and programming. It may take some time to find the right combination of parameters that provide the best pain relief with minimal side effects.
It's important for individuals undergoing spinal cord stimulation to have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the procedure. While SCS can significantly improve quality of life for many individuals, it may not result in complete pain elimination.
Spinal cord stimulation provides pain relief by modifying the way pain signals are transmitted and perceived by the nervous system, rather than by directly addressing the underlying cause of the pain. It is used as a treatment option for individuals who have not found relief from other conservative treatments and who are not candidates for or have not benefited from surgery.Garden State Pain and Orthopedics specializes in SCS, and can create a personalized treatment plan for you determining if spinal cord stimulation is right for you.
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Pain Management Providers:
Dr. Saurabh Dang, MD, MBA - Pain Medicine Physician
Dr Dang offers multiple therapies for the treatment of chronic pain including: Intrathecal drug delivery system implantation, Dorsal Column Spinal Cord Stimulation implantation, Dorsal Root Spinal Cord Stimulation implantation, Insertion of interspinous spacer for spinal stenosis, SI joint arthrodesis, kyphoplasty, minimally invasive lumbar decompression (mild procedure) for spinal stenosis, and percutaneous tenotomy among others to treat chronic pain.
Dr. Dev Sinha, MD - Pain Medicine Physician
Dr. Dev Sinha specializes in pain medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation at Garden State Pain & Orthopedics integrating physical and behavioral therapies, medications, and the most innovative, minimally-invasive procedures. He is available in Clifton, Jersey City, and Edison.
Dr. Neil Sinha, MD - Pain Medicine Physician
Dr. Sinha is especially interested in treating cervical and lumbar pain, sciatica, spinal stenosis, and post-laminectomy syndrome. He also specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of complex regional pain syndrome, facial pain, and headaches. Dr. Neil Sinha is available in Edison, Clifton, Hazlet, and Jersey City, New Jersey.
Dr. Jahnna Levy, DO - Pain Medicine Physician
As an osteopathic physiatrist, Dr. Levy believes in a multifaceted and holistic approach to pain management. She treats each person as an individual, formulating a systematic treatment plan to restore function, reduce pain, and improve their quality of life. Along with neck, back, and joint pain, Dr. Levy also treats vein conditions such as varicose veins and spider veins at Garden State Pain and Orthopedics’ locations in West Orange, Clifton, Jersey City, and Edison.
Dr. Dipan Patel, MD - Pain Medicine Physician
Dr. Dipan Patel specializes in Botox® for chronic pain disorders, trigeminal neuralgia, temporomandibular joint disorders, and headache and chronic migraine. He also specializes in complex regional pain syndrome, joint pain, and post-laminectomy syndrome at four of our office locations in Edison, Clifton, Hazlet, and Jersey City, New Jersey.
Dr. Andrew So - Pain Medicine Physician
Dr. So specializes in neck pain, back pain, spine pain, post-laminectomy syndrome, headache pain, migraine pain, joint pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, neuropathy, acute, and post-surgical pain syndromes, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), amongst others in Clifton, Jersey City, Edison, and West Orange.
Tyler Duggan, PA - Pain Medicine Physician Assistant
Tyler Duggan is a nationally certified physician assistant who specializes in pain management. He believes in a multimodal, evidence-based strategy for the treatment of both acute and chronic pain utilizing the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques when necessary. Tyler is located in Clifton, Jersey City, and Edison, New Jersey.
Dr. Deepan Patel, MD - Orthopedic Specialist
Dr. Patel practices in Garden State Pain and Orthopedics’ Jersey City, Clifton, West Orange, and Edison locations and specializes in sports injuries, tendon repairs, joint replacements, arthroscopic surgery, and tends to all injuries related to the shoulder, knee, hip, elbow, wrist, and ankle. He offers innovative treatment options for common sports-related injuries, including ACL tears, meniscus tears, and labral tears.
Dr. Scott Hanauer, MD - Foot and Ankle Specialist
Dr. Hanauer is located in Clifton, Jersey City, Edison, and West Orange, and provides treatments for all injuries related to the foot and ankle. Achilles ruptures, bunions, bunionettes, hammertoes, fractures, and ligament reconstruction are commonly treated by Dr. Hanauer. He also specializes in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, including ankle replacement, flat foot and cavus foot reconstruction, and ankle and midfoot fusions.
Matt Jensen, PA - Orthopedic Physician Assistant
Physician Assistant Matt Jenses helps patients with injuries related to the shoulder, knee, hip, elbow, wrist, and ankle, and works out of Jersey City, Clifton, Edison, and West Orange.
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