Spinal cord stimulation uses gentle electrical impulses to reduce chronic pain. Central Florida Pain Management offers spinal cord stimulation for residents of Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding areas of central Florida.
What is Spinal Cord Stimulation?
Spinal cord stimulation is a chronic pain intervention that delivers mild electrical currents along damaged nerves to reduce chronic pain. Electrodes are implanted along the nerves and delivered at specific times. This process interrupts pain signals to the brain.
What Are the Benefits of Spinal Cord Stimulation?
Spinal cord stimulation is recommended when more conservative therapies, such as medications, fail to provide the desired relief from chronic pain. The electrodes can be placed to affect only the nerves that deliver signals from the area where you experience chronic pain. The procedure is less invasive than surgery and does not require general anesthesia.
Am I a Candidate for Spinal Cord Stimulation?
If you have tried medications or physical therapy to address your chronic pain, yet still have symptoms and debilitation, spinal cord stimulation may be a good option. Central Florida Pain Management specializes in spinal cord stimulation.
How is Spinal Cord Stimulation Performed?
Spinal cord stimulation works by implanting an electrode under the skin to reach the appropriate nerve. Initially, we may opt to implant a temporary electrode to ensure that you are satisfied with the results. With a temporary electrode, you trigger the electrical impulses when you feel pain. The permanent electrode requires no additional surgery for placement.
What is Recovery Like After Spinal Cord Stimulation?
You may need to rest for one to two days to allow the area of the implant to heal properly, but now downtime is required. We explain what to expect from your spinal cord stimulation device before you are released home.
What is the Prognosis After Spinal Cord Stimulation?
Long-term use of spinal cord stimulation devices has proven safe and effective for our patients. The procedure may delay or eliminate the need for surgery, and you may find that you need pain medications less often. You should continue with the primary treatment for your chronic pain, such as physical therapy, losing weight, staying active, and other recommendations from your orthopedic or primary physician. We will monitor your progress and may recommend minimally invasive spine surgery as needed.
Spinal cord stimulation helps with many types of chronic pain. If you are looking for spinal cord stimulation doctors near you, we offer this treatment for residents of Ocala, The Villages and other areas of central Florida. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Melissa Alvarez-Perez, M.D.