Integrated Pain Specialists at Michiana Spine

Integrated Pain Specialists at Michiana Spine

New To Spinal Cord Stimulation? Here's A Quick FAQ To Help You Get Started (Part 2)

rheumatologyCan a spinal cord stimulator relieve pain from more than one area simultaneously?
Yes – recent advances in medical science have allowed for spinal cord stimulators to access receptors for multiple areas of the body at once. This means that multiple areas can receive pain relief, and most spinal cord stimulators have wireless remotes that allow users to adjust the amount of stimulation they're receiving in each pain-afflicted area.

Can a spinal cord stimulator replace traditional pain medications?
As an effective form of back pain treatment for many patients, spinal cord stimulation can certainly reduce the amount of pain medication you need to be comfortable throughout your day-to-day activities. However, it's hard to say whether or not the physical therapy can totally replace your pain medication. It's generally on a case-by-case basis considering type and severity of pain. For example, some rheumatology-related afflictions may respond better or worse to spinal cord stimulation than others. But it's important to keep in mind that the amount of pain medication needed can definitely be significantly reduced with the addition of a spinal cord stimulator into your pain management routine.

Is a spinal cord stimulator visible under the skin?
No -- most spinal cord stimulators are very small in size and completely unable to be seen by the human eye. The only way that anybody will be able to know that you have one under your skin is if you simply tell them. Otherwise, it's virtually invisible.

Ultimately, Every year 30 million children and teens participate in some organized sports, and more than 3.5 million injuries occur annually. Knowing the answers to these common questions about spinal cord stimulation therapy can help you determine whether or not it may serve as a viable pain treatment option for you or a loved one. For more information about rheumatology-related pain relief, contact Michiana Spine.

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