When you have an injury or damage to part of your body, your brain receives pain signals that cause you to feel discomfort. Interrupting these signals before they have a chance to reach your brain can help prevent you from experiencing pain. Neuromodulation makes use of this by sending electrical pulses to your spinal cord, which helps mask pain signals.
Spinal cord stimulation is a neuromodulation technique that can reduce chronic pain in your back. When you have this procedure, Dr. Gopal places a device under your skin that emits electrical pulses to the nerves in your spinal cord. The spinal cord stimulator modifies the signals that go from your spinal cord to your brain. Instead of feeling pain, you’re likely to feel a tingling sensation.
Spinal cord stimulation doesn’t eliminate the underlying cause of your pain, but it does help reduce it. For example, this treatment won’t correct a herniated or bulging disc. However, it will ease the pain. The amount of relief you’ll feel with spinal cord stimulation depends on certain factors, such as your sensitivity to pain and how severe your injury or damage is. Dr. Gopal typically runs a trial to ensure that you’re a suitable candidate for this type of treatment.
Spinal cord stimulation is generally safe for many patients. However, some patients are more sensitive to the tingling sensation that the device creates. Dr. Gopal will go over any concerns you might have about the safety of this procedure, such as possible side effects. If you have certain medical conditions that make implantation difficult, you might not be considered a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation.
Dr. Gopal provides you with detailed instructions on controlling the pulses that your spinal cord stimulator emits. You’ll be able to control the:
For more information on spinal cord stimulation, contact New York Medicine Doctors for an appointment.
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