Spinal Cord Stimulator

Pain Management and Anesthesiology in El Paso, TX
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Spinal Cord Stimulator services offered in El Paso, TX

When conventional treatments can’t ease your chronic pain, a spinal cord stimulator may be the solution you need. At Donya Pain and Wellness Center in El Paso, Texas, Ali Ibrahim, MD, has helped many people find the relief they need with a spinal cord stimulator. The innovative device works even when other treatments fail because it blocks pain signals. Don’t keep living with pain; learn if you’re a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation by calling the office or booking online today!

What is a spinal cord stimulator?

A spinal cord stimulator is a medical device that sends mild electrical impulses into specific spinal nerves. The electrical impulses block the pain signals traveling through the targeted nerves. As a result, your brain doesn’t perceive the pain message, and that significantly diminishes your pain.

What types of pain does a spinal cord stimulator treat?

Pain messages from every part of your body travel through the spinal cord to reach your brain. That means spinal cord stimulation may reduce pain anywhere in your body (including your back and neck), no matter what causes the pain.

Dr. Ibrahim at Donya Pain and Wellness Center may recommend spinal cord stimulation to treat many conditions. A few examples include:

  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arthritis
  • Joint pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Sciatica
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

A spinal cord stimulator also eases arm or leg pain caused by pinched spinal nerves.

How does a spinal cord stimulator work?

Spinal cord stimulators have three parts: insulated lead wires, a pulse generator, and a controller. Dr. Ibrahim uses a slim instrument to guide the lead wires through the epidural space running along your spinal cord.

After placing the leads in the epidural space next to the nerves relaying the pain signals, he implants the generator under the skin near your buttocks. Then he connects the wires to the generator.

Dr. Ibrahim uses the controller to program the intensity of the electrical impulses. You keep the controller and use it to turn the generator on and off.

How do I know if a spinal cord stimulator will ease my pain?

If you’re considering spinal cord stimulation, you have a trial period. Dr. Ibrahim inserts the wires, but you wear the generator outside your body. You use the device for about a week to determine how well it relieves your pain.

After your trial, you can decide to keep the device and have the generator implanted. Or, if you don’t want the device, Dr. Ibrahim can easily remove the wires.

Who is a good candidate for a spinal cord stimulator?

You may be a good candidate if you tried other treatments and still have chronic pain, don’t want or can’t have surgery, and you have a successful trial period.

Call Donya Pain and Wellness Center or book an appointment online today to learn if a spinal cord stimulator is the solution to your chronic pain.