How Spinal Cord Stimulators Offer Drug-Free Relief From Chronic Back Pain

How Spinal Cord Stimulators Offer Drug-Free Relief From Chronic Back Pain

Millions of Americans are currently experiencing chronic back pain. According to the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University, back pain is one of the leading causes of workplace disability and lost wages every year. 

Along with the financial costs of missing work and medical costs associated with pain treatment, chronic back pain can also lead to additional health problems when it interferes with your ability to lead an active and healthy lifestyle and engage in social activities with friends and family.

Chronic back pain may be very common, but it doesn’t have to be a way of life. At Republic Spine and Pain, our team of pain doctors and specialists offer comprehensive treatment plans to help manage pain. We have two convenient locations in Austin and Georgetown, Texas.

Spinal cord stimulators for drug-free relief from chronic back pain

Treating chronic back pain can be complicated. Pain medication is one of many options available to help manage chronic and debilitating back pain.

Spinal cord stimulation is a drug-free and minimally invasive outpatient treatment designed to provide relief for chronic back pain when other forms of treatment have failed to provide adequate results. The stimulator is an implanted device that delivers mild electrical signals to intercept and minimize pain. 

The spinal cord stimulator consists of a generator and electrodes that are implanted under the skin. Using a small handheld remote device, you can activate the electrodes to send the electrical signals whenever you feel pain. Depending on your situation, our pain specialists may recommend spinal cord stimulation in addition to other treatment methods to help manage your pain and other symptoms.

Is spinal cord stimulation right for you?

Our team will perform a comprehensive evaluation and review of your medical history to find the best solution to manage your back pain. Spinal cord stimulators are often used in conjunction with other forms of treatment and are recommended when other pain remedies have failed or have stopped being as effective. 

Spinal cord stimulation can be helpful when previous surgeries for neck and back injuries have not been successful in treating your condition and relieving symptoms (also known as failed back or neck surgery syndrome).  Spinal cord stimulation isn’t recommended for people who smoke or struggle with substance abuse. 

At your consultation, our team of pain specialists will evaluate all of the factors that may be contributing to your back pain and make recommendations for the best pain management plan for your lifestyle and symptoms.

For more information about spinal cord stimulators and other treatment options to help manage your chronic pain, contact us today to schedule an appointment at our Austin or Georgetown, Texas location.

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