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A spinal stimulator is a small device, rather like a pacemaker, that is implanted between the spinal cord and the vertebrae. Its purpose is to relieve pain by sending low levels of electricity directly into the spinal cord. At Reno Tahoe Pain Associates, located in Reno NV, Dr. Ali Nairizi provides full pain management services including spinal cord stimulators.
How You Can Benefit from a Spinal Stimulator
A spinal cord stimulator is used as a pain treatment after more conservative, non-surgical treatments between the spinal cord and the vertebrae have been unsuccessful. The devices require two surgical procedures: the trial to test the device, and the actual implantation. As well as reducing pain, spinal cord stimulation can reduce the need for analgesic medications and improve the quality of sleep. The doctors at Reno Tahoe Pain Associates will be able to screen you to see if you are a suitable candidate for a spinal stimulator.
What Types of Pain Can a Spinal Cord Stimulator Reno Treat?
This type of therapy is used to ease the pain of:
- Failed back surgery syndrome
- Chronic back pain
- Chronic neck pain
- Refractory angina
- Peripheral neuropathy (pain from nerve death in the legs)
- Arachnoiditis (inflammation of the spinal nerves)
This list is not comprehensive and spinal cord stimulators Reno are increasingly being used for different kinds of painful health conditions. If your doctor thinks you are a suitable candidate for spinal cord stimulation therapy, he will arrange a trial period so see if and how well the device eases your pain.
If you would like to find out more about spinal cord stimulation, call Reno Tahoe Pain Associates at (775) 384-1127 to request an appointment. Dr. Ali Nairizi will be happy to discuss your spinal cord stimulation options and begin your screening process at his Reno NV office.
Chronic pain affects roughly 1.5 Billion people worldwide and is most commonly located in the back. Chronic pain is a persistent, debilitating pain that lasts for three months or longer. It's different from acute pain which commonly results from injury or surgery and heals after time.
A spinal cord stimulator is a non-opiate, implanted device indicated to treat chronic neuropathic pain of the trunk and limbs. Neuropathic pain is the result of damaged or malfunctioning nerve fibers that send false pain messages to the brain. Patients often describe a burning, shooting or dull ache that can last up to 24 hours per day. This type of pain is very difficult to treat effectively, potentially resulting in a long, frustrating journey to find relief.
How Does a Spinal Cord Stimulator Work?
Spinal Cord Stimulators deliver mild electrical pulses to the nerves, interrupting the pain signals to the brain, thus reducing pain. Here at Reno Tahoe Pain Associates in Reno, NV, your Board Certified Pain Specialist physician, Dr. Ali Nairizi, often recommends spinal cord stimulation when other treatments for pain management have failed. For patients that are good candidates there is a 7-day trial of the device that is temporary and totally reversible - basically a ‘test drive’ of the therapy.
These trials are simple in-office procedures. If the therapy provides 50% or more relief from pain and an increase in quality of life, such as better sleep and increased mobility and overall stamina, then the patient can move on to a permanent implant. Studies show 9 out of 10 patients with chronic neuropathic pain achieve a successful trial.
What Conditions Can Be Treated with Spinal Cord Stimulators?
Spinal cord stimulation is typically recommended for patients who aren't finding adequate relief from nonsurgical pain treatments. Your pain management physician recommends spinal cord stimulation for managing different kinds of chronic pain, including:
- Post-surgery pain
- Back pain, particularly pain that persists following a failed back surgery
- Angina or heart pain that isn’t treatable with other options
- Arachnoiditis, which occurs when the arachnoid, a super-thin membrane covering the spinal cord and brain, becomes inflamed
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS
- Nerve-associated pain, as in diabetic neuropathy and neuropathy related to cancer treatments
- Pain following amputation
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Perineal and visceral abdominal pain
Spinal cord stimulation has been shown to significantly improve a person’s quality of sleep and life, while decreasing the requirements for pain medications. For best results, it’s usually used alongside other treatments for pain management such as medicines, relaxation methods, physical therapy, and exercise.
For Questions and More Information on Spinal Cord Stimulation, We Can Help
Dial (775) 384-1127 to set up a consultation with our pain management physician, Dr. Ali Nairizi of Reno Tahoe Pain Associates here in Reno, NV.