If you’re living with chronic pain, Kasra Amirdelfan, MD, can help manage your discomfort without the need for risky medications and narcotics. As a world-renowned pain management expert, Dr. Amirdelfan brings cutting-edge interventional pain management and neuromodulation therapies like spinal cord stimulation to his East Bay practice in Walnut Creek, California. To learn more about spinal cord stimulation, schedule an appointment with Dr. Amirdelfan online or by phone today.
A spinal cord stimulator, also known as SCS, is an implantable device used to treat pain. This therapy relies on gentle electrical stimulation to interfere with the nerve activity in specific parts of your body. This neuromodulation technique interrupts and weakens the pain signals going from your nerves to your brain.
There are different types of spinal cord stimulation devices, but they all include the following:
While SCS may not completely eliminate your discomfort, it modifies pain sensations so you only feel a mild tingling instead of severe pain.
Dr. Amirdelfan might recommend SCS if you’re living with chronic pain, especially in the neck, back, or lower extremities.
Dr. Amirdelfan implants your spinal cord stimulator beneath your skin in the area near your spine associated with your pain. Once in place, the small SCS wire can deliver mild amounts of electrical current to specific nerve fibers in your spinal cord. This energy interferes with your pain signals so their intensity diminishes by the time they reach your brain.
Because spinal cord stimulators come with a remote control, you can turn it on and off as needed. You can also adjust the settings based on your pain levels.
Dr. Amirdelfan works closely with you to determine if a spinal cord stimulator can help manage your pain. He might also suggest a trial period to evaluate your response before implanting your SCS device.
Common conditions that respond favorably to SCS include:
In most cases, spinal cord stimulation isn’t an ideal option if you have certain pacemakers, psychiatric conditions associated with your pain, bleeding disorders, or a high risk of developing infections near your spine. They’re also usually not an option if you have an untreated drug addiction.
To see if spinal cord stimulation is right for you, call the office of Dr. Amirdelfan or schedule an appointment online today.