By Brooke Strickland and Dr. Andrew Cash
For individuals living with chronic back pain, spinal cord stimulation is a procedure that can help. It uses an electrical current that sends pulses to the spinal cord, which react with nerve impulses in the spine that allow you to feel pain. This treatment plan is often used for individuals living with failed back syndrome, nerve pain, or other chronic pain syndromes.
This is an outpatient procedure involves putting a stimulator in your buttock, which has been shown as a good location to provide pain relief. First, you will be given an anesthetic and a sedative and it will be implanted under the skin. Once it is in place, your doctor will work with you to find what pulse strength works best for you and how often you should use it.
For more information on this procedure and to see if you are a good candidate, contact Dr. Cash at at www.disclv.com.