Spinal cord stimulators are used to block or at least modify nerve impulses that relay pain from the spinal cord to the brain. Also known as a dorsal column stimulator, spinal cord stimulators are small devices that are implanted under the skin with a thin wire that runs from the device to the spinal cord itself. The electrical impulses generated by the spinal cord stimulator act as a block to either prevent pain signals from reaching the spinal nerves or at least modifying them to lessen their degree of intensity.
Spinal cord stimulators are used to help individuals who suffer from chronic pain and discomfort associated with various conditions that cause nerve pain throughout the body. The stimulators can be used to alleviate chronic pain that is associated with spinal injuries, as well as pain after unsuccessful spine surgeries, degenerative joint and bone disease, sciatica, and various types of nerve pain. It can also be beneficial in helping to control diabetic neuropathy and other types of nerve pain that accompanies conditions like spinal stenosis. If you have pain that could be treated with spinal cord stimulation, contact Pain Care Providers to learn more about how this treatment can help you.
Spinal cord damage can result from slip and fall accidents, athletic injuries, motor vehicle crashes, and physical injuries that are the result of violence. When the spinal cord is damaged, loss of muscle control and sensation are common. The ability to move is also decreased or lost altogether. Doctors have discovered that harvesting a person's own stem cells from their bone marrow and other areas of the body can cause tissues to partially regenerate providing increased mobility, sensation, and muscle control.
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