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Spinal Cord Stimulator

Chronic pain in your back or having a herniated disc can take a toll on your quality of life. University Pain Medicine Center has six locations in New Jersey, where our team of providers are committed to finding the root cause of your pain and giving you the ongoing relief you need. 

We provide spinal cord stimulation, which offers a natural remedy to solving your issue without the use of drugs, which can cause harsh side effects. A spinal cord stimulator can also stop you from needing major surgery.

Understanding spinal cord stimulators

The beauty about a spinal cord stimulator is that we first require a trial run. This screening procedure only lasts 1-2 weeks, giving you the opportunity to experience its impact. However, if it doesn’t work for you, we can reverse the process with the ability to pause it, stop it, or restart it to confirm its workings for you.

If the spinal cord stimulator trial run proves to be successful, we can offer a permanent solution.

What a spinal cord stimulator treats

Spinal cord stimulators treat a wide range of issues, including:

The spinal cord stimulator and its purpose isn’t limited to this list. During your consultation with our team, be sure to mention all of your symptoms so we can determine if you’re a candidate for a spinal cord stimulator.

How a spinal cord stimulator works

Oddly enough, spinal cord stimulators don’t actually heal the source of your pain. Instead, they tell your brain how to process pain, interrupting signals of communication to your brain. 

For example, instead of feeling pain, you might feel a tingling sensation or some type of fluttering, or maybe even nothing at all. The stimulators simply interrupt the cycle of communication that stops pain signals.

To implant your spinal cord stimulator, we attach electrical wires to specific nerves in your back, which connect to a battery pack that’s implanted in your back. The placement of electrodes usually lie between your spinal cord and your vertebrae, with the generator being placed under your skin, typically near your buttocks or abdomen. 

You have access to the remote, which gives you the power to disrupt your pain signals on different levels, helping you control your pain.

Your remote control allows you to change the stimulation levels to keep you comfortable. You also have the power to turn it on and off.

To find out if a spinal cord stimulator is right for you, call or schedule a face-to-face meeting at University Pain Medicine Center to get the care you need. Contact us or click here to request an appointment.

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