Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial
A spinal cord stimulator trial is a specific treatment that uses a specialized device in order to trigger the spinal cord and any associated nerves. The procedure is performed by implanting a small electrical wire in the epidural space just behind and outside of the spinal cord. This procedure is minimally-invasive and highly-effective, allowing the physician to better understand what is causing chronic and neuropathic pain. Spinal cord stimulators are typically designed for those who have not responded to more conservative treatments, but are living with severe chronic pain.
During the trial period, the electrical device is controlled and attached to a small generator that the patient will carry around with them. This is similar to long-term therapy, with the exception of the wires being permanently implanted into the body. In most cases, the trial will last for five to seven days. During this time period, the patient should experience noticeable pain relief throughout both the day and evening.
Who Would Benefit from a Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial?
The majority of spinal cord stimulator patients are those who are suffering from some level of chronic and severe neuropathic pain. During the trial, the stimulator will generate a low electric field that aims to interrupt nerve conduction of pain signals to the brain. If a patient has undergone more conservative treatment options and they have not worked, they may consider a trial of spinal cord stimulation. The trial is a great option because it is temporary and allows us to gauge how a patient will respond. If the results are positive, a more permanent device will be implanted into the patient.
The best way for us to determine if the trial has been successful is if the patient is able to increase their physical activity with a higher tolerance for pain. We also look at whether a patient has a significant decrease in the need for pain medication during the spinal cord stimulator trial. If this is the case, we may suggest a permanent stimulator be implanted.
Some of the most common symptoms that we treat here at Crescent Pain Relief with a spinal cord stimulator trial include:
- Chronic back pain
- Pain that radiates throughout the body
- Tingling sensation
- Burning or shooting pain
We understand just how debilitating chronic neck and back pain can be, which is why we believe in educating our patients and working closely with them to find various treatments and therapies that work for them. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, we encourage you to contact Crescent Pain Relief and learn more about a spinal cord stimulator trial. This minimally-invasive procedure is highly effective and provides us with great insight as to the source of your pain and discomfort. It is our goal to help you find the treatment options that work for you and that will improve your overall quality of life. To learn more, please give us a call today.