Doctors will typically recommend physical and/or occupational therapy as an initial treatment option for neuropathic pain.
Pain management is designed to treat chronic pain and allow a person to live a full, enjoyable life. Pain management requires a person's dedication, commitment, and knowledge in order to achieve the best results. It can be a great alternative to back pain surgery. It's important to understand the differences between non-invasive non-drug pain management (e.g. exercise), pain management (e.g. pain medications and anti-depressants), and invasive pain management (e.g. injections).
Rechargeable spinal cord stimulators work similarly to traditional SCS devices, but with rechargeable batteries that can last several years longer.
Recharging a Rechargeable SCS
Patients can return home soon after a trial spinal cord stimulator procedure. Getting used to the new device may cause some level of discomfort and uneasiness.
Recovery after a spinal cord stimulator implant depends on appropriate patient selection, the patient's general health, and how closely the care instructions are followed.
Risks of Rechargeable SCS
The risks of rechargeable spinal cord stimulation are similar to traditional SCS and include procedure risks such as infection and cerebrospinal fluid leak.
Most patients with chronic pain who qualify for a spinal cord stimulator report a 50 to 70% reduction in their pain.
Learn how a spinal cord stimulator implant uses electric pulses to help block pain signals to the brain.
This video details the process of spinal cord stimulation and demonstrates how electrical current is used to relieve chronic neck pain.
A major difference between the spinal cord stimulation procedure and the trial process is the implantation of the generator under the skin.