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Feelings of pain can range from mild and occasional to severe and constant. Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp in quality. It serves as a warning of disease or a threat to the body. Acute pain may be caused by many events or circumstances, including surgery, broken bones, etc. Unrelieved acute pain may lead to chronic pain, which may persist even after the original injury has healed. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years and can have lasting physical effects. Tense muscles, limited mobility, a lack of energy, and changes in appetite can occur, in addition to emotional effects, such as depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of re-injury. Such effects may hinder a person's ability to return to normal work or leisure activities. We feel each individual is the best judge of his or her own pain. Our medical staff takes a multidisciplinary approach in addressing your pain management concerns, and we work with you to determine the best treatment options. Depending upon your diagnosis, pain may be treated in a number of ways. After a comprehensive review of the patient's history and current health, a care plan is developed that may include a wide array of interventional pain management procedures & techniques such as: See our Patient Education page.

Spinal Cord Stimulation for Back and Extremity Pain

Sometimes, all attempts at treating back and extremity pain- from the minimally-invasive to the maximally-invasive, from physical therapy to spine surgery- can be exhausted with negligible positive results for the patient. Fortunately, even after that happens, there is another technique that has proved effective for people who have not previously had any luck. This technique is called spinal cord stimulation.

Spinal cord stimulation involves implanting a generator and a number of leads, or electrical wires. Once implanted, the generator, at the command of the patient, produces an electrical current that travels through the leads, blocking pain signals to the brain. The staff at Preferred Pain Management trains patients on how to used the spinal cord stimulator at varying intensities, in order to use the equipment optimally and achieve the greatest possible pain relief.

One unique benefit of spinal cord stimulation is that the device can be temporarily implanted to determine whether or not the patient will derive any benefits from the system. If the patient finds that spinal cord stimulation is ineffective for them, then the device can be removed without exacting any long-term damage. If, on the other hand, the patient obtains marked pain relief from the stimulator, then the temporary device is removed and a more permanent stimulator is implanted.

There is a wide variety of types of spinal cord stimulators, so the patient has options when determining what is best for them, given their particular needs and condition.

Though the basic concept of spinal cord stimulation is similar to another stimulation technique, called transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), there are a few major differences. First, with TENS, the stimulators remain on the skin, whereas with spinal cord stimulation, the stimulators are implanted within the body. Additionally, spinal cord stimulation operates primarily on the spine, whereas TENS deals more with the nerves and only part of the spine.

Side effects and outcomes are unique to each patient and will be discussed before any treatment options are prescribed.

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