By Dr. Ryan Michaud The spinal cord stimulator may sound like a newer technology, but it’s actually been around for many years. The first documented use was in 1967. Like many technologies of that era, the spinal cord stimulator has improved dramatically over the years — even within the past three years. It continues to be a safe, effective treatment for helping patients with chronic pain syndromes. Here are some answers to your most frequently asked questions about the spinal cord stimulator. How Does the Spinal Cord Stimulator Work? The spinal cord stimulator blocks pain signals that are sent to your brain. It’s placed in
By Amber Featherston, Director of Surgical Services In APC’s recent Facebook Live lunch, we had over 300 comments asking Dr. Mark Malone, Dr. Brad Culling, and Patient Ambassador Chester Jones a variety of questions about the spinal cord stimulator. (If you missed it, you can watch the full video on our YouTube channel.) With such enthusiastic participation, we couldn’t answer all of your questions in that session, so we’ve answered them below. We also encourage you to set up an appointment so we can address questions that are unique to your personal situation. If you’d like to read more about the spinal cord
By Allison Turner, DNP, FNP-C We understand your frustration. Enduring complicated medical procedures, taking multiple medications, only to experience minimal pain relief. You may think living in pain is just life. For Crystal, a 52-year-old with chronic low back pain and knee pain in the setting of rheumatoid arthritis, that’s the conclusion she was approaching. Even with a 12-year-old spinal cord stimulator for her back pain, multiple medications, and recent knee replacement surgery, Crystal only had moderate pain improvement. Adding to her frustration was pressure from medical professionals to continue trying invasive surgical procedures. She was also faced with the revelation that she might require
Once you have a spinal cord stimulator, you’re starting a new chapter in your life. You may feel ready to get back to your normal activities since you're experiencing pain relief. Still, recovering from a spinal cord stimulator procedure requires patience and understanding.
Every person’s pain is unique, and every person’s success with the spinal stimulator is different. When chronic pain patients share their stories and journey with spinal stimulation, it often reminds us that others are going through similar experiences. It's a reminder to connect with those that need support and continue to offer solutions that can give you the pain relief you deserve. Saundra H. shares her inspiring story about her long struggle with chronic pain, and how the decision to choose spinal cord stimulation with Advanced Pain Care changed her life. 12 Years Of Chronic Back Pain With No Relief Saundra was an active