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

If you’ve dealt with back pain, you’re not alone. Nearly 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain at one time or another. While most back pain is acute and resolves on its own, 20% of acute back pain sufferers end up developing chronic back pain, which can be a disabling condition. 

At Preva Surgicare - Surgery Center Of The Woodlands, our doctors are experts in surgical and nonsurgical treatments to attend to all your ambulatory healthcare needs. In addition to traditional back pain treatments, we offer spinal cord stimulators — a drug-free, reversible option to treat your chronic back pain.

What causes chronic back pain? 

Back pain can be caused by a number of underlying issues, including:

However, many people experience back pain as a normal part of aging. Other risk factors for back pain include:

Whatever the cause, our team of specialists at Preva Surgicare can help you find the root of your problem and help you enjoy a pain-free life. 

How can chronic back pain be treated? 

Here at Preva Surgicare, we offer a variety of treatments for chronic back pain, including physical therapy, steroid injections, and a full range of neurospine surgical options.

Many people find conservative treatments such as rest and physical therapy can improve their back pain. However, for patients with severe back pain that is unresponsive to these treatments, spinal cord stimulators can be a life-changing alternative.

A spinal cord stimulator (SCS) is a small device implanted in your back that uses gentle electrical pulses to interrupt pain signals traveling along your nerves. Due to its small size, the SCS can be programmed and controlled using a wireless remote controller and can stay in place indefinitely. Not only does the SCS offer long-term pain relief, but it can be easily removed if needed.

Spinal cord stimulators can treat a variety of conditions, including: 

How do spinal cord stimulators work? 

If your Preva Surgicare provider decides that an SPC is an appropriate solution for your chronic back pain, you first begin with a trial phase. During this phase, your provider will insert a trial device near your spine and test various settings to find the right levels for your pain. You will also be given controls so you can test the device at home. 

After trying the therapy for about a week, you can choose to have a permanent implant placed if you find your pain has been greatly reduced. During a permanent SCS placement, the stimulator is positioned along with an implantable power source. If at any time you find your SCS is no longer helping, your Preva Surgicare provider can easily reverse the procedure. 

If you’re ready to live pain-free, contact Preva Surgicare — Surgery Center Of The Woodlands to find out what your options are for chronic back pain. We are conveniently located off Interstate 45 and are happy to offer walk-in and same-day appointments. To make an appointment, call us at 281-377-3706 or use our online request form today.

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