Comprehensive Pain Management
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Attleboro, MA(508) 236-8333
Franklin, MA(508) 507-8818
South Kingstown, RI (401) 234-9677
Warwick, RI(401) 352-0007

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South Kingstown, RI • (401) 234-9677

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A Minimally Invasive Treatment Option for Back Pain

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 26, 2018
Comprehensive Pain Management - Disc-FX System

Treating Contained Disc Herniations

In the past, patients with contained disc herniations have been treated with conservative care including rest, medications, injections and/or physical therapy. Unfortunately, this does not always provide relief. In the past, people who did not respond to conservative care were forced to live with the symptoms or consider major spine surgery. If they underwent surgery, it could take weeks or months to recover, causing a major disruption in their daily lives.

With Disc-FX, this is not the case. Disc-FX provides an option for those people who have failed conservative care, and are not yet ready for major surgery. It is a minimal access procedure performed on an out-patient basis. The patient will go home the same day as the procedure with only a small bandage on their back. Following manual removal of the offending herniation, the patented Disc-FX device is activated to help clean the disc and seal tears in the annulus. As a result, pressure in the disc is reduced, which eases symptoms.

Facts about Contained Disc Herniations:

  • 90% of low back pain is caused by pinched or irritated nerve in the back
  • There are 15 million office visits for low back pain each year
  • Low back pain is the most prevalent cause for people under 45 to visit their physician

Who is a Candidate for the Procedure?

Patients with symptomatic, contained lumbar disc herniations that have not responded to conservative treatment, may experience relief from the use of Disc-FX. Typical signs of a contained lumbar disc herniation is lower back pain or pain radiating down the leg accompanied by some lower back pain. Disc-FX® may not be beneficial for advanced degenerative disc disease or spinal fractures. At Comprehensive Pain Management, we will evaluate and determine if you are a candidate for Disc-FX.

Disc-FX System Overview

The Disc-FX System is an innovative, minimal access spine system designed to efficiently access the damaged disc without injury to surrounding disc anatomy. Disc-FX permits multiple treatment options compared to other ‘single treatment’ devices in the marketplace. In addition to manual decompression, Disc-FX can help to clean the disc and seal tears in the annulus.

For more information on Disc FX contact Comprehensive Pain Management in South Kingstown, RI.

Spinal Cord Stimulation FAQs

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 05, 2018

Comprehensive Pain Management in South Kingston, RI When can I resume my usual activity?

For several weeks after the procedure you will be asked to restrict your physical activity. Once that period is over, your Spinal Cord Stimulation system is designed to help you lead a healthy and active lifestyle. However, you should always consult your doctor before resuming activity after surgery or before engaging in physical activities.

Will I be totally pain-free with Spinal Cord Stimulation?

People differ in the amount of pain relief they receive with SCS therapy. Many people experience a reduction in pain sensations. The trial procedure will help you determine the amount of relief you may receive.

Will Spinal Cord Stimulation allow me to be free of pain medications?

For some patients, SCS works well enough that pain medications are no longer needed. For others, it can mean a reduction in the amount of pain medication they need. Always consult your doctor before changing your dosage of any medications.

Can I control the stimulation therapy?

Yes, the cordless remote control allows you to turn stimulation on and off, increase and decrease the level of stimulation, and target different pain areas using settings or programs designed specifically for you.

Do I use my Spinal Cord Stimulation system 24 hours a day?

It’s up to you. These systems are designed for 24-hour-a-day use, should you wish. However, there are a few limitations, which your physician can describe. For instance, you should not turn on stimulation while driving or charge while sleeping.

Can one Spinal Cord Stimulation system help me with pain in multiple areas?

Yes, this system is designed to address multiple pain areas at the same time. You can use your remote control to adjust the amount of stimulation for each pain area.

Can I get diagnostic imaging with this system?

SCS patients have many imaging options. Commonly used methods such as X-Rays, CT Scans, PET Scans and Ultrasounds can image many different parts of the body, including soft tissue. In addition, the Precision Montage™ MRI System provides access to full-body MRI scans, under specified conditions, for patients who meet the eligibility requirements. SCS systems have varying limitations and conditions related to MRI scans. Talk to your doctor to find out which option is right for you.

Will I feel the implant? Is it visible to others?

The implant features a contoured oval shape and is small in size. Your doctor can position it in the most comfortable and convenient location in your body. Patients often report that they can feel the unit by pressing on their skin. In most cases, it isn’t visible to others.

How convenient is it to recharge the implant battery?

Recharging the implant battery is designed to be convenient and simple. The charger is lightweight, cordless and portable so you can charge on the go. Either an adhesive patch or soft cloth belt (included with the charger) can be used to recharge.

Is spinal cord stimulation safe?

Yes, spinal cord stimulation has been proven safe and effective and has been in use for decades. Over 400,000 people worldwide have been successfully treated with SCS therapy. You should review the risks of SCS with your physician.

For more information on Spinal Cord Stimulation contact Comprehensive Pain Management in South Kingstown, RI.

Source: bostonscientific.com