Top 3 Advantages of Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy
If you are looking for a way to drastically reduce or eliminate your chronic pain and other more conservative treatments have failed, spinal cord nerve stimulation therapy may be an option to discuss with your physician. Here are 3 benefits to using spinal cord nerve stimulation therapy.
Minimally Invasive & Completely Reversible
Spinal cord nerve stimulation is activated through a tiny metallic box that is placed just under the skin. While it is considered a surgical procedure, it is minimally invasive, allowing for a quicker recovery than more invasive back surgeries. If, at any point in the future following the procedure, you decide that you would rather explore alternative pain management treatments, spinal cord stimulation is completely reversible. You get the benefits of reduced pain sensations without the risks that may be presented with other more invasive methods or medication options.
Complete Pain Relief
Spinal cord nerve stimulation gives patients their lives back by increasing mobility and quality of life through improved pain relief. Spinal cord nerve stimulation uses electrical waves to block pain signals from ever reaching the brain. Instead of pain, patients can feel a tingling sensation often referred to as light paresthesia. Best of all, modern advances in the spinal cord nerve stimulation technology are allowing patients to increase or decrease the amount of electrical energy needed. You can customize your therapy and pain relief through an adjustable remote that modifies the therapy settings.
Alternative to Opioids
Opioid addiction is a major issue plaguing the healthcare system. A wave of addiction and accidental overdoses has spawned from the increase in opioid prescriptions. With recent changes in physician prescribing policies, spinal cord nerve stimulation allows patients to control their pain effectively, and in many cases reducing or eliminating opioid use.
The Risks of Spinal Cord Stimulation
As with any surgical procedure, there can be risks from the procedure. Headache, bleeding, and infection at the surgical site are risks. While serious injury and device complications rarely occur, the possibility exists. The most common side effect of spinal cord nerve stimulation procedures is that pain near the surgical site may exist; always ask your physician if this symptom does not go away after a few days.
Talk with your doctor to see if spinal cord nerve stimulation is right for you.