If you live with chronic pain in your neck, back, abdomen, or extremities because of a malfunctioning nerve in your spine, you may benefit from spinal cord stimulation. At the Washington Pain Center in Washington, D.C., John Dombrowski, MD, provides spinal cord stimulators to disrupt pain signals traveling between your spine and brain. Call the Washington Pain Center today or schedule a consultation online to learn more about spinal cord stimulation and how it can relieve your back pain.
Spinal cord stimulation is a pain management procedure that uses a mild electrical pulse or current to disrupt the pain signals that travel between your spine and brain. Dr. Dombrowski recommends spinal cord stimulation when your pain is due to nerve dysfunction.
Spinal cord stimulation has been FDA-approved for pain management since the 1970s. It delivers the electrical pulse to your spine with a thin needle or wire that’s implanted into your back and spine. The needle is attached to a battery-operated generator.
At the Washington Pain Center, Dr. Dombrowski implants your spinal cord stimulator in two phases. The first stage is a trial to ensure that spinal cord stimulation is an effective treatment for your pain and to fine-tune the placement of the needle and the electrical current. If phase one gives you effective pain relief, Dr. Dombrowski continues with the second phase, which involves permanently implanting the needle and the generator in your back.
Dr. Dombrowski performs the implantation procedures on an outpatient basis at the Washington Pain Center. During both implantation stages, you lie on your side or stomach. Dr. Dombrowski cleans your skin and uses small incisions, a local anesthetic, and fluoroscopy to place the needle in the correct place in your spine. Fluoroscopy is a special type of X-ray that uses a contrast dye and helps Dr. Dombrowski guide the needle into your spine.
After your first procedure, the generator stays outside your body. Dr. Dombrowski usually tapes it to your skin during the trial period.
If spinal cord stimulation is effective, you have a second procedure for Dr. Dombrowski to implant the generator into your lower back or upper buttock.
If you have chronic back pain due to a malfunctioning nerve and other pain management treatments haven’t reduced or eliminated your pain, spinal cord stimulation may be an option for you. Dr. Dombrowski provides thorough consultations and physical exams before recommending any pain management therapies, and he can provide advice and answer your questions about spinal cord stimulation.
If you want to know more about spinal cord stimulation and discover if it’s right for you, call the Washington Pain Center or make an appointment online today.