HealthWACH: Spinal cord stimulators



Most people experience back pain every now and then but often do not understand what is causing the pain. This pain can sometimes interfere with our daily lives and may interrupt plans. Common forms of back pain occur in the mid to low back and includes fractures, sore muscles and tendons and herniated discs. These injuries develop over an extended period of time, leaving patients with little relief.

Back pain cultivates from our own individual bad habits. Intense physical activity, poor posture, and sitting incorrectly are all self-inflecting factors that cause our backs to give us a painful and uncomfortable feeling. Generally, back pain exists in the lower part of a personâ??s back, but may sometimes appear at the neck. Sometimes there is not a specific reason why back pain occurs. This may happen when simple motor movements such as walking, stretching and bending become more difficult. Chronic back pain is a constant ache caused from muscle tension. This condition is called myofascial and stems from emotional issues or stress. A change of physical activity is one of the most common treatments for back pain. Because back pain can be so broad, it is hard for doctors to diagnose a patient immediately. Heating pads, ice packs and pain medication are all helpful in aiding back pain, but frequent trips to your chiropractor for weekly adjustments may help as well. If back pain is more serious, surgery may be necessary along with cortisone injections.

An implantable spinal cord stimulator is a mechanism comparable to a pacemaker. The stimulator transmits electrical pulses to the spine through a pulse generator. The pulses hinder the nerve impulses that cause pain in the lower back. This is an outpatient procedure done through local anesthesia. A trial procedure is done first to determine how successful the implant will be. Then a second procedure is done to implant a permanent stimulator. When the surgery is finished, it is expected that the stimulation will be used several times a day depending on the patientâ??s pain level.