Diminishing Signals of Pain
Spinal cord stimulation works by disguising pain signals that cause chronic pain. Using electric pulses, spinal cord stimulation is able to diminish signals of pain before they are recognized by the brain. At Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine, Dr. Jerry Lewis provides spinal cord stimulation therapy for patients experiencing chronic pain that may occur in the back, legs, or arms. The stimulation does not eliminate or cure the source of the pain, but instead, it alters the way the brain recognizes the pain. It can also decrease the patient’s need for opioid medications as a form of pain management and help them return to their normal daily activities without having to be restricted by pain.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
Spinal cord stimulation therapy can be a good option for those suffering from chronic pain that has been unsuccessfully treated with other therapies or surgery. There are several causes of chronic pain including diseases affecting the nervous system, arthritis, spinal stenosis, multiple sclerosis, injury, etc. Prior to receiving a permanent stimulation, patients will undergo a trial process in order to evaluate the effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation to combat their pain.
What to Expect from Procedure
Spinal cord stimulation begins with the trial stimulation performed as an outpatient procedure under general or local anesthesia. Dr. Lewis will begin by inserting a hollow needle into the space between the bone and the spinal cord. The electrical wires are then inserted and are externally attached to a generator. The patient will be sent home with their trial stimulator in order to evaluate any changes in pain. If the patient confirms significant pain relief, we may suggest a permanent spinal cord stimulator device be inserted and will adjust the settings on the device to provide maximum pain relief.
Typically, patients are discharged from the outpatient center on the same day as their procedure and they will be sent home with the appropriate post-treatment instructions. Patients may need to attend a follow-up appointment so that Dr. Lewis can remove their sutures and assess their healing progress. He can also make any needed adjustments to the stimulator.
Begin Managing Your Pain Today!
Spinal cord stimulation can be a successful procedure in helping individuals manage their chronic pain. Dr. Lewis provides this procedure for patients suffering from a wide variety of conditions that can cause uncomfortable, consistent pain.
To learn more about spinal cord stimulation, contact our Frisco, TX office today at (214) 613-0960
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Advanced Technology & Techniques
Our team is constantly finding the newest & safest ways to relieve pain. We utilize modern technology to provide our patients with excellent care.
Customized Treatment Plans
Our team utilizes a patient-first approach & will create an effective treatment plan that will work for any individual experiencing pain or discomfort.
On-Site Operating Room
Convenience is key when it comes to relieving pain. We have built our own operating room so patients can receive any service in the comfort of our office.
Experienced & Expert Team
Our team specializes in pain procedures and is able to diagnose any kind of pain. Dr. Lewis is double board-certified in anesthesiology & pain medicine.