We all must have experienced back pain at some point of time, the pain of which has been unbearable. Acute pain is easier to treat in the early stages, as with knowing the cause, there is a possibility of better treatment in less time. In most of the cases, this pain gets normalized with stretching and rest and with taking pain relievers. At the same time, sometimes people experiencing back pain consider when and how this pain started in them. The pain that persists for more than 3 months or longer than the expected healing period is called chronic back pain. Overall, chronic pain is a disease in itself, and it needs special care in time.
Persistent pain can also be a sign of a bigger problem. Do not ignore it, especially when it is persistent and intense, or becomes unbearable at rest or at night. Traditionally, non-prescription, over the counter (OTC) pain medications and prescription-based opioids have been considered the most common approaches to the treatment of severe chronic PAN. Also additional techniques or alternative therapies help in reducing it.
Some modern therapies like spinal cord stimulation can also prove helpful in relieving the pain. According to Dr. Sachin Kandhari, Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon, Institute of Brain and Spine (IBS) Hospital, Delhi, “Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) is one of the most effective technologies that can be used to treat chronic neuropathic pain unlike other conventional pain treatment methods. Provides long-term results to patients suffering from
A spinal cord stimulator is an implanted device that transmits electricity at a low level to the spinal cord to relieve pain. Spinal cord stimulation blocks pain signals from passing between the spinal cord and the brain, providing relief from pain. The stimulation is delivered by a neurostimulator. The neurostimulator device is implanted in the skin, which delivers mild electrical impulses to the area near your spine.”
Spinal cord stimulation is effective in reducing chronic pain, which can improve your mobility, function and quality of life. Spinal cord stimulation is a proven and long-term therapy to manage chronic pain. Through this, patients have experienced a number of benefits, including improved ability to perform everyday activities, greater ability to function, and the ability to manage their own pain therapy by adjusting their stimulation within pre-determined limits. Is.
One of the major benefits of spinal cord stimulation is that you can test out the therapy first, to help you and your doctor decide if it’s right for you. A temporary lead placement procedure can be done in a clinic, day surgery center or hospital. These temporary leads are placed in the area near the spinal cord. These leads are attached to an external neurostimulator, which is set on your back during the trial. The trial period is of 3-10 days. After the trial, you and your doctor decide whether spinal cord stimulation will help you manage your chronic pain and whether you should go ahead with a permanent device implant.
Dr. Sachin Kandhari added, “On the occasion of Pain Awareness Month, patients should learn about effective ways to manage their chronic back pain. Many people experience significantly less pain after an SCS procedure than before, which allows them to enjoy a higher quality of life and more mobility. Some patients adopting spinal cord stimulation may be able to reduce or eliminate their pain medications after consulting their doctor. All patients should follow the prescription of medicines, exercises and other treatments prescribed by their pan specialist, which may be effective in reducing their pain further.”
FIRST PUBLISHED : September 25, 2022, 01:08 IST