When conservative treatments aren’t enough to relieve your chronic back or leg pain, a spinal cord stimulator may provide the long-term solution you need. At Remedy Pain & Spine Solutions in Marina Del Rey and Manhattan Beach, California, Akash Bajaj, MD, MPH, carefully determines the underlying cause of your pain, then precisely implants the innovative HF10® spinal cord stimulator, which stops pain messages from reaching your brain. To learn if you’re a good candidate for this innovative therapy, call the office or book an appointment online.
Spinal cord stimulators block or mask the pain signals transmitted through nerves to your brain. Any time your body is in pain, sensory nerves transmit the message to your brain. You only feel the pain after your brain receives the nerve signal and interprets the message.
These pain signals can be stopped when the spinal cord stimulator sends out a mild electrical impulse that blocks or masks the nerve impulse. As a result, your brain doesn’t get the pain message, and your pain is significantly diminished.
Dr. Bajaj uses the HF10 spinal cord stimulator for two important reasons. First, it’s clinically proven to provide superior relief of chronic back and leg pain compared to traditional spinal cord stimulators. Additionally, it does not cause the annoying tingling and buzzing sensations that typically occur with other devices.
Dr. Bajaj may recommend using a spinal cord stimulator when you need relief from chronic back and leg pain. In many cases, this type of chronic pain is caused by:
Treatment with a spinal cord stimulator may also alleviate the pain that develops due to peripheral vascular disease or peripheral neuropathy.
Spinal cord stimulators have three components, two of which are implanted in your body. The first piece, a small generator, is implanted under the skin of your abdomen, upper buttocks, or chest. Its job is to produce electrical impulses.
The second component is a long, flexible wire with multiple electrodes. Dr. Bajaj uses fluoroscopic imaging to visualize your spine and the wire as he gently threads it along your spine. He places the electrodes near the spinal nerves responsible for transmitting the pain signals to your brain.
The final part is a remote controller. Dr. Bajaj initially uses the controller to program the strength and frequency of the electrical impulses. Then you’ll use it to turn your spinal cord stimulator on and off.
You’ll go through a trial period, wearing the spinal cord stimulator for about a week to see if it effectively relieves your pain. Dr. Bajaj must place the electrodes alongside your spine, but you’ll wear the generator around your waist. If you decide to keep the stimulator after your trial, he implants the generator. But if you decide not to use the device, Dr. Bajaj can easily remove the electrodes.
You may be a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation if:
To learn how spinal cord stimulation may help your chronic pain, call Akash Bajaj, MD, MPH, or schedule an appointment online.