Spinal Cord Stimulation

Sussex Pain Relief Center -  - Pain Management Physician

Sussex Pain Relief Center

Pain Management Physicians located in Georgetown, DE & Lewes, DE

If you've tried other chronic pain treatments and you're still suffering, spinal cord stimulation or a new procedure called dorsal root ganglion may be the best way to stop the pain without having major surgery. Manonmani Antony, MD, DABA, DABIPP, and the highly skilled interventional pain management team at Sussex Pain Relief Center in Georgetown and Lewes, Delaware, understand how much chronic pain damages you physically and emotionally, and they're here to offer a better way to get your life back. The team performs both evaluation and treatment on-site for your convenience, so reach out to either office or book online for help now.

Spinal Cord Stimulation Q & A

What is spinal cord stimulation?

Spinal cord stimulation is a chronic pain solution with two internal components, a generator and electrodes. The tiny generator sits below the skin of your abdomen or buttocks. It's connected to thin electrodes that lead to your spinal nerves. 

You also have an external component, the remote control. When you use the remote control, the generator sends electrical impulses to the electrodes in your spine. The electrical impulses interfere with the pain signaling process, so your brain doesn't get pain signals. This is a very effective way to stop chronic pain. 

What is dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation?

DRG stimulation is a brand-new treatment at Sussex Pain Relief Center. In DRG, the stimulation occurs within your dorsal root ganglion, a group of sensory nerves in your epidural space. 

Although it's similar to spinal cord stimulation in some ways, DRG allows for precise stimulator lead placement that avoids the unintended areas of stimulation that sometimes occur with spinal cord stimulation. Additionally, DRG stimulation gives you pain relief without triggering the paresthesia (symptoms like tingling or prickling) that sometimes occurs with spinal cord stimulation. 

Although spinal cord stimulation can be quite effective for back pain and neck pain, it’s not always as useful for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). In CRPS, you typically have hand pain, arm pain, leg pain, or foot pain in one limb. DRG is very effective for CRPS, and can also treat other types of pain that spinal cord stimulation might not necessarily best address, such as chest pain or groin pain.

As with spinal cord stimulation, you have an external remote control to generate signals that relieve your pain when needed.

What can I expect when I get my spinal cord stimulator?

You can expect to have multiple appointments at Sussex Pain Relief Center to get a spinal cord stimulator or DRG stimulator. You first have a trial period, in which your specialist implants a temporary device so you can see how well it manages your pain for a week or so. If that succeeds in preventing at least half of your pain, you can move ahead to permanent implantation.

The Sussex Pain Relief Center has an exceptionally high success rate for spinal cord stimulator and DRG stimulator implantation because they have trusted referral partners and take the time to fully educate you. Sussex Pain Relief Center gives patients three times as much individual preparation and education as other pain management practices. 

For effective pain relief through a spinal cord or DRG stimulator, call Sussex Pain Relief Center or book online now.