A spinal cord stimulator is an implanted device that delivers electrical impulses directly to your spinal cord. The impulses interfere with pain signals sent by nerves in your spinal cord, bringing relief to your back, neck, arms, or legs.
Your provider at Pain Specialists of Oregon may recommend a spinal cord stimulator if other nonsurgical solutions to reduce your pain have failed.
During implantation of the spinal stimulator, your provider places the device underneath your skin and carefully slides the electrodes into the epidural space of your spine. You control the electrical impulses that block pain with a handheld device.
There are many manufacturers of spinal cord stimulators, including Boston Scientific, Nevro, Medtronic, and Nalu.
The team at Pain Specialists of Oregon works with these manufacturers to find the device that offers the best treatment for you. The physicians have expertise in spinal cord stimulation and can compare features of different models to recommend the best device suited for your specific needs.
Spinal cord stimulators come in a variety of models, including:
Conventional spinal stimulators are low maintenance but require minor surgery to replenish the power source.
Radiofrequency spinal stimulators can help people with extreme pain in several areas of their bodies. This model requires an external attachment to manage the device but delivers the highest electrical impulses for pain reduction.
This spinal stimulator features a rechargeable battery. The rechargeable system lasts longer than the conventional device. However, you will still need minor surgery if the power source ever stops holding a charge.
Candidates for spinal stimulators may have any of the following conditions:
If you’ve exhausted other treatment options and still suffer pain that interferes with daily life, contact Pain Specialists of Oregon today. Call the office to learn more about spinal cord stimulators, or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.