Spinal Cord Stimulator Specialist

Pain Institute of Southern Arizona

Pain Management & Pain Medicine located in Tucson, AZ & Southern Arizona

When your chronic pain fails to respond to conventional medical care, you may find relief from one of today’s most innovative technologies, a spinal cord stimulator. The experts at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona complete a thorough evaluation and trial to determine if you’re a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation, then implant the device for long-term pain relief. To learn more about spinal cord stimulators, call one of the offices throughout Tucson, Oro Valley, Green Valley, Safford, Benson and Willcox, Arizona, or schedule an appointment online.

Spinal Cord Stimulator Q & A

HF10: How It Works

How does a spinal cord stimulator relieve my pain?

Spinal cord stimulators use mild electrical impulses to block or mask the pain signals transmitted by nerves. When any part of your body is in pain, sensory nerves pick up the message and transmit it to your brain. You only feel the pain after your brain receives and interprets the message.

Spinal cord stimulators effectively reduce your pain by stopping the message from reaching your brain or by masking it so your brain doesn’t understand the message. The source of your pain is still there, but your pain is significantly diminished.

What painful conditions are treated with a spinal cord stimulator?

The doctors at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona may recommend using a spinal cord stimulator to relieve chronic back, neck, arm, or leg pain. In many cases, this type of chronic pain is caused by conditions such as:

  • A herniated disc
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Failed back surgery
  • Complex regional pain syndrome

You may also be a good candidate for a spinal cord stimulator if your pain is caused by peripheral neuropathy or peripheral vascular disease.

How is a spinal cord stimulator implanted?

Spinal cord stimulators consist of three parts: a small generator, a wire with multiple electrodes, and a controller. The generator, which produces the electrical impulses, is implanted under the skin of your abdomen, upper buttocks, or chest.

The long, flexible wire is threaded along your spine. Your doctor uses fluoroscopic imaging to see the wire and place its electrodes near the spinal nerves responsible for sending the pain signals to your brain.

Your doctor uses the remote controller to initially program the strength and frequency of the electrical impulses. Then you’ll use it to turn your spinal cord stimulator on and off.

How can I know if a spinal cord stimulator will relieve my pain?

You’ll have a trial period with the spinal cord stimulator to determine if it works for you. During your trial, your doctor implants the wires, but you’ll wear the generator around your waist.. After about one week of wearing the stimulator, you’ll know if it’s effectively relieving your pain. At that point, you can decide to have the generator implanted and keep the device, or your doctor can easily remove the wires.

If you have ongoing pain that doesn’t improve with conservative treatments, call the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona to learn if you’re a good candidate for a spinal cord stimulator.

Pain Institute of Southern Arizona is proud to offer HF10 Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy. HF10™ therapy is an advanced Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) treatment for chronic back and leg pain. It’s FDA approved and a clinically demonstrated to give people superior* relief of both back and leg pain relative to traditional SCS.

HF10™ therapy works by calming the nerves that carry pain signals to your brain. The procedure is quick, minimally invasive and may not require a hospital stay. HF10™ therapy is the first and only SCS therapy that does not include paresthesia, the tingling and buzzing feeling typical of other SCS therapies. Please watch the videos below to learn more.

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