Comprehensive Pain Management
(Formally known as Franklin Pain and Wellness and Warwick Pain)

Attleboro, MA(508) 236-8333
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South Kingstown, RI (401) 234-9677
Warwick, RI(401) 352-0007

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Warwick, RI • (401) 352-0007
South Kingstown, RI • (401) 234-9677

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Spinal Cord Stimulation For Long Term Relief of Back Pain – Warwick, RI

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 23, 2017

Chronic back and neck pain can affect your daily life and even become debilitating if left untreated. There are several treatment options for back and neck pain, ranging from physical therapy to surgery. However, in cases where surgery or other treatments don’t successfully relieve pain, spinal cord stimulation may be a good option.

What is spinal cord stimulation?

This treatment option delivers mild electrical pulses to nerves in the spinal column, blocking or interfering with nerve activity to minimize the sensation of pain that reaches the brain. A small spinal cord stimulator device (similar to a pacemaker) is implanted near the spine that generates an electrical current.

After the device is implanted, a doctor will determine the pulse strength and the patient is shown how to operate the device at home.

Who is a good candidate?

  • Patients who do not respond to conservative therapies
  • Patients whose pain does not go away with surgery
  • Patients who have chronic pain syndromes

In order to determine if you are a good candidate, it’s likely you will be evaluated by a neurosurgeon and a pain specialist. Potential benefits of spinal cord stimulation include:

  • Pain signal replaced with a mild tingling sensation
  • Reduces the amount of pain medication needed
  • Chronic pain can become much more manageable
  • Increase ability to enjoy day-to-day activities
  • Overall positive effect on mental health, stress and quality of life

For more information on spinal cord stimulation, contact Comprehensive Pain Management in Warwick, RI.

Source: Fox13

Spinal Cord Stimulation Helps Patients with Chronic Back Pain

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 02, 2017

It is a breakthrough for those suffering from chronic back pain in Warwick, RI: a spinal implant that can totally stop the pain.

There is a darkness with chronic back pain no pills can cure.

Deanna Conley, lived in that darkness.

That’s how things were this Fall after nearly 40 years of x-rays, scans, 5 spinal fusion surgeries.

Her children had essentially “lost” the vivacious mother they knew.

She couldn’t stand at the sink to wash dishes. She couldn’t cook a whole meal and she loved having her kids over for dinner. But there is hope.

After more spinal injections a a pain psychologist spinal cord stimulator implant was suggested: insulated wire leads were inserted into the “epidural” space which surrounds the spinal cord; electrodes in the wire leads “pulse”; stimulate the nerves and block pain signals to the brain.

Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) is a medical therapy for people who suffer from certain types of chronic pain in their back, legs and arms. SCS uses a small implanted device to generate tiny electrical pulses that replace the feeling of pain with a tingling or massaging sensation. These electrical impulses around the spinal cord can modify the way the brain receives pain signals.

The initial procedure is a one-week trial with the leads connected to an external stimulator. If there’s improvement, patients can get a permanent implant with a battery implanted under the skin toward the top of the buttocks.

The results have been mind-blowing.

The device can change lives. It gives people their life back.

There’s minimal maintenance and a wireless controller to adjust the impulses.

There’s a lot of data that suggests that at 5 years’ people are still doing great with these stimulators.

That epidural space is a sort of "safe zone.” The procedure is relatively low risk, even being so close to the spinal cord.

Most patients have seen remarkable results, in fact 84% of people who received the spinal cord stimulator reported that their quality of life was greatly improved and 83% decreased their use of pain medications.

For more information on spinal cord stimulation, contact Comprehensive Pain Management in Warwick, RI.

Source: Fox News