Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation is a revolutionary pain management treatment that can be very effective for patients suffering from chronic pain. By implanting a small wire in the epidural space near the spinal canal and applying a small electrical current to that area, the pain signals can be scrambled or blocked. A patient will experience a reduction in pain sensation. This is initially done as a trial; if successful, it will then be scheduled as a permanent implant.

What is Spinal Cord Stimulation?

Essentially, spinal cord stimulation works by sending small electrical currents to the dorsal column of the spinal cord and disrupting the signals that were being generated as a source of pain in the back. The patient undergoes a minimally invasive procedure to implant the stimulator in the back. Once in place, the device emits electrical currents on a regulated basis to disrupt pain signals. Here is an explanation of the trial procedure:

  • First, the patient receives IV sedation and local anesthetic to ensure comfort;
  • A small trochar needle is inserted into the epidural space, then leads are placed through these needles and into the epidural space. We will then target the source of the pain near the spine using advanced technology;
  • If we can find the sweet spot and cover your pain, you will be brought to the recovery room for further advanced programming after the leads are secured to your skin;
  • After one week, we will re-evaluate you at the end of the trial. If you do well, a permanent implant is scheduled.

This treatment method does not work for every patient, but those that do find it effective report significant back pain reduction. Its effectiveness depends on the specific patient’s unique circumstances. In general, spinal cord stimulation is best for treating chronic pain conditions.

Minnesota Back & Neck Pain Relief

No matter the cause of your back pain, there are treatment options available. Let the experienced physicians at Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of Minnesota help reduce your pain. Make an appointment using our online contact form or give us a call today at (612) 20-SPINE.