Adjusting to Life With a Spinal Cord Stimulator

Spinal cord stimulators are another step forward in the ongoing battle against chronic pain. These small, FDA-approved devices use advanced technology to change the way nerves communicate pain sensation to your brain. And they work exceptionally well for many individuals dealing with chronic pain.

The pain specialists at Optimal Pain & Regenerative Medicine are highly valued for providing outstanding medical care to patients throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth region of Texas. Their focus is providing safe, effective, and innovative treatments that help eliminate chronic pain’s grip on your daily life.  

Learn what these medical experts have to say about what it’s like to live with a spinal cord stimulator.

What is a spinal cord stimulator?

A spinal cord stimulator is a small, implantable device that’s designed to modify signals sent by nerves to your brain regarding pain. This means your brain does not receive the pain alert and so doesn’t tell you to feel the discomfort your nerves are complaining about.

At Optimal Pain & Regenerative Medicine, we use the HF10™ spinal cord stimulator system because it has a very high success rate, allows you to control the frequency and strength of the electrical impulse, and has an extremely low side effect profile.

How do I know spinal cord stimulation will work for me?

As with any other medical treatment, it may take a few days for you to become familiar with the effects of the HF10. Use of the device includes a week-long trial period during which you wear it around your waist rather than having it implanted so that you can decide whether it meets your needs. Significantly, 90% of our patients who try the stimulator choose to continue its use.

What can I expect when using the HF10 spinal cord stimulator?

Every patient is unique, but you can generally expect to return home the same day your HF10 is implanted. Most patients experience minor discomfort at the incision site that typically resolves within one to two days. Once the incisions have healed, the small device is barely detectable and you are free to shower, etc. without restriction.

Because chronic pain often leads to long periods of immobility, your provider is likely to recommend a course of physical therapy that’s designed to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility as you learn to move freely again. We also help you learn to monitor and control the effects of the stimulator’s electrical impulse.

Activity/lifting restrictions may apply, depending on the source of your chronic pain, but nine out of 10 our patients report significant pain relief as well as restored mobility and significantly improved quality of life with the HF10.

We also applaud the system for eliminating the tingling sensation (paresthesia) that’s so common with other brands, which many patients find a bothersome side effect. Most importantly, the HF10 can effectively relieve the challenging effects of chronic pain on your life.

For more information about spinal cord stimulation and its many benefits for chronic back and leg pain, schedule an evaluation at Optimal Pain & Regenerative Medicine today. We’re here to help!

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