Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is an electrical therapy that uses a small device placed on the spinal cord to restore motor function. The device sends electrical impulses to the brain, signaling the muscles to work again. Doctors use Livingston spinal cord stimulation as a treatment for people with certain types of chronic pain, such as those caused by nerve damage or multiple sclerosis. It may also help with certain movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, essential tremors, and dystonia.
There are several types of spinal cord stimulation devices available today. Each type of device has its advantages when treating different pain conditions. However, they all have similar success rates in treating chronic pain conditions.
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Medtronic spinal cord stimulator, also known as a neurostimulator, is a type of brain implant used to treat chronic pain or spasticity. The device works using electrical impulses to strengthen the muscles in your spine and limbs, which can help you move more freely and improve your quality of life.
The physician places the stimulator under the skin in the area where you feel pain or spasticity. The device sends electrical pulses through your spinal cord (which runs from your brain to your body) to stimulate specific muscles, which then causes them to contract more strongly and release tension. That helps relieve pain or spasticity symptoms such as neck and back pain.
Abbott spinal cord stimulator is a device that can help people with paralysis, including those who have been paralyzed by stroke or injury. It is a small device the physician places under the abdomen’s skin and connects to your spinal column. Doctors also use this stimulator to treat neurological and dyskinetic movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, dystonia (muscle spasms), and essential tremors.
The Cyberonics stimulator is a battery-powered device that sends electrical impulses to the brain through electrodes implanted in the spinal cord. The device is FDA approved for use in adults with chronic neuropathic pain (cane or limb amputation) and adults with post-herpetic neuralgia and other trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias, including trigeminal neuralgia and cluster headaches.
The implanted pulse generator generates short electrical pulses delivered to the brain via a surgically placed electrode array, which specialists surgically implant in the upper dorsal spine region. The implanted electrode array has multiple electrode sites that a pain management specialist can program to deliver different intensity levels of stimulation to different brain parts depending on what symptoms you are trying to treat. Physicians may also use implantable pulse generators for conditions such as spasticity, epilepsy, and severe dyskinesia.
The Verathon Central-Pacer (VCP)-based spinal cord stimulation system provides temporary relief from symptoms of chronic pain or spasticity by stimulating specific nerves in your spine through an electrical impulse delivered by a pulse generator placed under your skin on your abdomen or chest wall near your heart.
Pain is a common symptom of many chronic conditions, including spine diseases. Finding the proper treatment if you are suffering from chronic pain can be difficult. You may have tried over-the-counter pain medications, but they do not work for you. You may have tried traditional medicine, and it has not helped either. When this happens, your doctor may recommend spinal cord stimulation (SCS) as an option for your treatment plan. Contact SamWell Institute for Pain Management and schedule an appointment with a specialist to learn more about spinal cord stimulation.