Physicians refer to acute pain as the almost instantaneous pain that you feel when you pull back a muscle. The pain is usually sudden and disappears once the muscle has healed. However, back problems can cause long-term or chronic pain. Chronic pain can be experienced for weeks, months or even years.
Chronic back pain can be difficult to manage and may even seem impossible to control. Many conservative treatments, such as heat, massage and physical therapy, fail to alleviate the pain. Even opioids that can relieve pain may cause addiction and other health problems.
What can you do to stop the pain signals from your nerves? Imagine an implanted device which can block pain signals from the nerves. A spinal cord stimulator is exactly what it does. The Florida Medicale Pain Management office recommends that patients suffering from chronic back pain consider a spinal stimulator. Continue reading to learn why.
How your body feels pain
Your body uses pain as a way to tell your brain something is wrong. It can be as uncomfortable and lifesaving as it is. It can warn you about a gash in your foot, serious stomach issues, or back injuries. Some back conditions may require that you have limited movement to allow healing. In these situations, pain can often serve as your guide.
However, other conditions can lead to chronic pain that is not manageable with conservative and restorative treatment. Chronic back pain that causes chronic pain can be stable for a while, which means the condition is not necessarily getting worse but continues to cause pain. These are back problems you might consider treating with a spine stimulator.
Therefore, the first step to determining if a spinal stimulator is right for you is to ensure that your condition is stable.
What conditions can a spinal cord stimulator treat?
We often recommend spinal cord stimulation when conservative treatments fail or surgery is not an option.
- Herniated disc
- Bone spurs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS).
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
Why shouldn’t surgery be an option for you?
For many reasons, surgery may not be an option. Surgery is often the last resort when treating back issues. This could be because of your overall health. Surgery can have more risks than benefits for people with serious conditions like uncontrolled diabetes or heart disease.
You might be tempted to delay surgery because of the long recovery and rehabilitation time. It’s also possible that your condition hasn’t reached the “last resort” stage. Surgery won’t always relieve your pain in all cases.
These reasons could make spinal cord stimulation an alternative to surgery for chronic back pain.
What are the advantages of spinal cord stimulation?
Spinal cord stimulation is a great way to feel the joy of being able to move freely and without pain.
- Mobility that is currently limited by pain can be increased
- You should do exercises to strengthen your muscles, and keep your joints healthy.
- Offer drug-free pain relief without the fear of addiction
- You can return to an active social lifestyle that will lift your moods and improve your overall well-being
- Give yourself the mental boost you need to look ahead to the future
- You can regain your ability to complete daily routine tasks
This article was written by a medical professional at Florida Medical Pain Management. Florida Medical Pain Management is proud to offer comprehensive pain management services to a diverse group of patients. Patients at Florida Medical Pain Management can get help managing hip, knee, leg, and neck pain. The practice also offers comprehensive arthritis management, along with treatments for auto accidents, sports, work injuries as well as Ketamine Infusion For Depression.