Spinal Cord Stimulation in Dearborn, MI
Many patients are plagued with back pain. It is among the top reasons that people go to doctors. At Genesis MD, we can help you! Come in and speak to one of our professionals about your pain. We will diagnose your pain and match your problem with one of our treatments that are proven to bring relief. Call us now for more details or book an appointment online!
Chronic pain is discouraging enough, but when you cannot find an effective treatment to manage it, that frustration is significantly multiplied. At Genesis MD, we do not want you to despair, and we believe that spinal cord stimulation might be precisely what you need! Our team of medical professionals at Genesis MD is committed to excellence and compassionate care.
How does spinal cord stimulation work?
Spinal cord stimulators consist of internal electrodes and pulse generators and external antennae and remote controls. The electrodes are thin wires, and the pulse generator is a tiny battery pack that functions similarly to a pacemaker. During a spinal cord stimulation procedure, the electrodes are placed in the epidural space between the vertebrae and the spinal cord, while the battery pack is inserted under the skin near the abdomen or buttocks. The electrodes carry the pulsed current from the generator to specific areas of the spinal cord. When the patient feels pain, they can use the remote control to send electrical impulses from the generator to the spinal cord to block the pain and replace the sensation with a gentle tingling. The electrical impulses mask the pain signals traveling from your nerves to your brain so that your nervous system does not register the feeling as pain!
How long does it take to recover from a spinal cord stimulator?
Recovery from a spinal cord stimulation procedure usually takes around one to two weeks, and the incision should fully heal within two to four weeks. During this time, it is crucial that you do not lift objects that weigh more than five pounds, refrain from physical activities that involve bending, twisting, or climbing, and get plenty of sleep. It might be tempting to try to get stuff done if you feel that you are being lazy or unproductive, but the best thing you can do for yourself is to get as much rest and sleep as you possibly can. Do not be afraid to ask for help, either! It is entirely reasonable to experience difficulty when doing mundane things like getting dressed, cooking, and cleaning. Let those around you support you so that you can heal properly. We recommend that you refrain from taking showers or hot baths for at least three days after the procedure and that you only take off your bandages when your doctor deems it safe to do so. Instead of showers or hot baths, try to have sponge baths for the first couple of days.
Who is a candidate for a spinal cord stimulator?
Your candidacy for a spinal cord stimulation procedure will ultimately be decided by the doctor who is conducting the treatment during the initial consultation. Your doctor will evaluate your physical condition, your family medical history, and any medications you are taking. They will want to make sure that you will benefit from the procedure and that you will not experience any complications from it. That said, any individual that experiences the following conditions could be a candidate for a spinal cord stimulator:
- Abdominal or perineal pain
- Angina pain
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Degenerative disc disease
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Epidural fibrosis
- Failed back surgery syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Postlaminectomy pain
- Radicular pain syndrome
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
If you have any of the above conditions and have been unable to find an effective treatment, we urge you to make an appointment with a doctor to see if spinal cord stimulation would be a viable treatment option.
Come to Genesis MD for spinal cord stimulation to relieve chronic back pain! If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, you can do so through our website or call us at (313) 581-3255. Genesis MD is located at 13530 Michigan Ave., Suite 280, in Dearborn, Michigan.