Reducing chronic pain naturally is possible. In fact, using neuromodulation to reduce pain has been researched for over 50 years and even now there are breakthroughs made in this realm all the time.
Spinal cord stimulation is used to reduce neuropathic pain. This pain is generated from nervous tissue which has been damaged.
There are a lot of people who suffer from neuropathic pain which can easily be relieved through spinal cord stimulation. These devices are used for target electrical stimulation or pharmacological delivery of medication.
There are many ways to simulate the spinal cord so that the pain can be relieved. Here are some of them discussed below; it should be kept in mind that there are new methods being developed all the time.
Rechargeable Implantable Impulse Generator
These implants are placed inside a person’s skin at the site of their thoracic wall or their upper outer buttock. Patients can choose and adjust the areas of coverage via a remote. The implants can be charged via a coil device so you can use them uninterrupted. The device last about 10 to 15 years and only needs to be charged about once a week for two hours!
This is probably the most popular method. Electrical contacts are put in the epidural space which overlays in the spine’s dorsal columns at the level of the vertebrae. This method usually covers the entire area where the pain is present and is thus assumed to be the most effective. The number of electrodes on the spine determine the area which will be covered in terms of pain being relieved.
Lead and Anchor Design
With the use of epidural needles which have been modified for this procedure, 8 or 16 contacts on a single lead are inserted so they can be implanted on a pulse generator. The pulse generator can either elicit 16 or 32 contacts depending on it capacity.
The leads can even be placed using a surgical procedure. The innovation in lead design has produced leads which are not only durable but also have lesser chances of slipping.
Anchoring devices also help in making leads non-slip so they do not move out of their place. This used to be a very serious concern with this procedure initially but now there are rare cases which report the lead moving out of its intended place. Surgically implanted leads are very rare these days as well; a priority is given to lesser invasive procedures to implant the leads.
A lot of people assume that they have to live with neuropathic pain however there are ways to relieve this pain! The procedures now are extremely safe and performed every day. There are minimal risks attached to getting spinal cord stimulation procedures done so that you can relieve your neuropathic pain.
Ask your doctor about the procedures they are offering such as spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain relief so that you can benefit from this innovation of medical science!
To relieve chronic neuropathic pain in the Ft. Lauderdale area please contact Dr. Tom Macek of American Pain Experts.