09 Dec Spinal Cord Stimulation Stops Pain Signals
Ideally, when a patient is suffering from pain the root cause can be identified and fixed. Sometimes that’s the case and sometimes it’s not, but a reduction in pain is always possible at Integrated Pain Consultants. Pain is typically the body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, but this system doesn’t always work perfectly. Sometimes pain signals continue to be sent even when there’s no trauma or the injury has healed. Sometimes pain signals persist even though there’s nothing you can safely do to fix the problem. That’s when stopping the pain signals might be the best approach.
There are generally two ways to stop or minimize the feeling of pain: fix what’s wrong or cut off the pain signals. Spinal cord stimulation works by stopping the pain signals. It can be an effective approach for those with severe and chronic pain from situations like a bulging disc, failed back surgery, cervical spinal stenosis, nerve root compression, lumbar radicular pain, and much more.
Spinal Cord Stimulation: Why Not Fix the Actual Problem?
It would be great if we could quickly, safely, and effectively fix the root cause of pain. That’s simply not always possible. For example, some patients have already undergone back surgery (sometimes multiple surgeries) with no success. Surgery is a big undertaking and comes with inherent risks. It’s also costly. Not everyone is physically or even financially situated to face a back surgery (or a second back surgery in some cases).
Surgeries have no guarantees. There are also circumstances where a person experiences more severe pain than what the situation should call for. Our bodies are unique machines, and machines inherently don’t run flawlessly. Remember that the goal of pain is to alert you that something’s wrong. Once you know that and have identified a possible cause, what’s next? Sometimes stopping or reducing the feeling of pain is a better solution than trying to fix the root cause.
A pain doctor can orient you about your options and the best approach for you. Many times, stopping the pain signals is quicker, more effective, and more affordable than alternatives. Schedule a detailed consultation or book your appointment online or by calling (480) 626-2552.