Spinal Cord Stimulation

Advanced Pain Specialists

Jalaja V. Piska, MD

Interventional Pain Management Physician located in Frankfort, IL & Kankakee, IL

Your spinal cord is the central communication highway that carries signals between body and brain. Spinal cord stimulation is an advanced treatment that can reduce pain and is among the treatments available from Jalaja Piska, MD, of Advanced Pain Specialists in Kankakee and Frankfort, Illinois. Learn more about what spinal cord stimulation can do for you during a face-to-face consultation at Advanced Pain Specialists, which you can book online or over the phone.

Spinal Cord Stimulation

What is spinal cord stimulation?

Spinal cord stimulation is a pain management treatment that uses carefully controlled electrical pulses to interrupt the transmission of pain signals between your body and brain. It is an advanced treatment that can transform the lives of men and women who are living with chronic pain. 

There are various spinal cord stimulation devices to choose from. All contain a battery powered generator that creates electrical pulses, a wire with electrodes that deliver those pulses, and a remote control device that allows you to adjust the settings of your spinal cord stimulation system. 

One of the benefits of choosing spinal cord stimulation is the chance to achieve lasting pain relief without relying on drug therapy. It is also a great option for those who are not good candidates for surgery, or who don’t want to go through a lengthy recovery process. 

What is the process for starting spinal cord stimulation?

Getting a spinal cord stimulator requires a two-step process. The first step involves using a temporary system to test this pain relief option. 

An injection of numbing medication reduces sensations in your lower back. A hollow needle is guided to the epidural space between your spinal cord and bone. A trial lead is placed near the nerves producing your pain. 

Those lead wires extend out of your body and connect to an external generator worn on a belt. The generator delivers electrical pulses for a few days. If you experience significant pain relief, you’ll return to have a permanent spinal cord stimulation device implanted beneath the surface of your skin. 

That process is similar to having the trial version placed, except this time an additional incision is made to position the generator, and the leads are secured in place with sutures. 

What kind of recovery process follows spinal cord stimulation?

You’ll receive full recovery instructions when you come in for your implantation procedure. You’ll need to avoid lifting, bending, or twisting your back for six weeks after the device is implanted to give your body a chance to heal without disrupting the leads. 

It’s also important to refrain from drinking alcohol as your body heals. Alcohol can thin your blood and increase your risk of bleeding. Dr. Piska will also give you instructions on how to care for your incisions as they heal. Adhering to those instructions is an important part of a successful recovery. 

When you return for your follow-up visit, Dr. Piska will check your incisions and let you know when you are clear to resume driving and other normal activities. 

If you have questions or concerns about spinal cord stimulation, call the office today to book a visit, or try the easy online booking tool.