Spinal Cord Stimulator

What Is A Spinal Cord Stimulator?

You deserve to lead a pain-free life; unfortunately millions of Americans are living with chronic pain. If chronic pain is dictating your life then it’s time that you learned about your treatment options. Here at Reno Tahoe Pain Associates, Dr. Ali Nairizi can provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that will help you get on the road to recovery.

In the majority of patients, nonsurgical treatment is all that’s needed to eliminate or manage pain; however, for patients who don’t respond to nonsurgical treatments, a spinal cord stimulator may be able to provide you with more effective relief.

A spinal cord stimulator is a device that’s implanted under the skin where it sends mild electrical currents to the spinal cord every time the patient experiences pain. When the patient pushes the remote control the simulator scrabbles up the pain signals being sent from the body to the brain, which affects how your body perceives the pain.

A spinal cord stimulator can be used for:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Chronic back pain
  • Nerve-related pain (e.g. diabetic neuropathy)
  • Cancer-related pain
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Leg pain caused by sciatica or lumbar radiculopathy
  • Complex regional pain syndrome

These are only some of the conditions that can benefit from a spinal cord stimulator. The purpose of the implant is to reduce pain, improve the overall quality of life and even help you sleep better without being dependent on pain medications. A spinal cord stimulator is often recommended along with other treatment options such as physical therapy, rehabilitation, and relaxation techniques. Further, this simple device could help you manage your pain more effectively and reduce your need for more significant surgical procedures later on.

The implantation process only takes about 1-2 hours and is performed as a standard outpatient procedure, so you can go home the very same day. The area should heal completely within 2-4 weeks and Dr. Nairizi and his pain management team will provide you with a thorough recovery plan so you know what to expect during the healing period.

If you are dealing with chronic pain that is affecting your day-to-day life it’s important that you turn to someone that can help. Call Reno Tahoe Pain Associates in Reno, NV today at (775) 384-1127 to find out how we can help you.