New Treatment in Pain Management
Spinal Cord Stimulation for Long Term Pain Relief (as seen on Fox 13 The Place)
Chronic back and neck pain can be 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 the 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 stimulation 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
– 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
Do you suffer from Chronic Pain?
According to the National Institutes of Health:
- 1 in 4 Americans has suffered from pain lasting longer than 24 hours.
- Chronic pain affects more Americans than heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined.
- Chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability.
- Pain is the most common reason people seek healthcare in the United States.
If you are one of the 50 million Americans that suffer from chronic pain, you are not alone. Chronic pain is a complex medical issue that can affect all areas of your life: work, school, and relationships, as well as your physical, mental, and emotional health.
Pain management specialists with Davis Hospital and Medical Center have helped hundreds of patients get relief from chronic pain in Layton, Utah, and the surrounding communities. To better understand chronic pain and your symptoms, take our Quick Pain Quiz.
Who Needs Treatment for Chronic Pain?
Only a physician can properly evaluate your symptoms and diagnose your pain. Many forms of chronic and acute pain present complicated symptoms. Despite the many tools and high-quality information available online, “self-diagnosis” of pain symptoms is strongly discouraged. Not only can this approach delay patients from getting appropriate treatment, but “self-diagnosis” does, in some cases, lead to harmful “self-treatment.” If you suffer from…
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Pain from illnesses or injury
- Collision-related injuries
- Degenerative medical conditions
… then you may be a candidate for pain management. Call 1-866-431-WELL for more information.
Davis Hospital and Medical Center has physicians on the medical staff who:
- Know about chronic pain and how to treat it
- Listen to your concerns
- Ask you questions to identify the problem
- Encourage you to ask questions
- Work with you to develop a plan to treat the pain
Types of Pain
Physicians on the medical staff of Davis Hospital and Medical Center specialize in treating the following types of pain. (Other conditions may be treated, as well.)
- Acute Pain
- Cancer Pain
- Cervical Radiculopathy (Arm Pain)
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Chronic Pain Syndrome
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS / RSD)
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Disc Pain (Back And Leg Pain)
- Facet Joint Pain
- Herniated Disc / Slipped Disc
- Hip Pain
- Knee Pain
- Lumbar (Low Back Pain)
- Lumbar Radiculopathy / Sciatica (Leg Pain)
- Muscle Pain
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Neck Pain
- Neurogenic Claudication (Leg Pain with Walking)
- Neuropathic (Nerve) Pain
- Occipital Neuralgia
- Pelvic Pain Syndrome
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Phantom Limb Pain
- Postherpetic Neuralgia / Pain After Shingles
- Post-laminectomy Pain (“Failed Back Syndrome”)
- Shoulder Pain
- Spinal Stenosis-Related Pain
- Work Injuries
- Other pain conditions
Pain Management & Treatment Options
Physicians at Davis Hospital and Medical Center use a variety of minimally invasive, non-surgical techniques, as well as interventional procedures. Pain management doctors oftentimes work with other specialists to ensure patients have all their needs met as efficiently as possible. Patients at Davis Hospital and Medical Center may be seen by orthopedic surgeons, behavioral health specialists, neurosurgeons, interventional radiologists, pelvic floor therapists, or other specialists, depending on the symptoms being treated. Your pain management options may include:
- Botox Injections
- Brachial Plexus Blocks
- Carpal Tunnel Injections
- Celiac Plexus Blocks/Splanchnic Nerve Blocks
- Epidural Steroid Blocks (Lumbar, Thoracic, Cervical, or Caudal)*
- Facet Joint Injections*
- Intercostal Nerve Blocks
- Intravenous Regional Sympathetic Block
- Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks
- Medial Branch Blocks for Facet Joint Injections*
- Peripheral Nerve Blocks*
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
- Radiofrequency Neurotomy / Rhizotomy*
- Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Injections*
- Selective Nerve Root Blocks
- Stellate Ganglion Blocks*
- Tendon Sheath Injections
- Trigger Point Injections*
- Ultrasound-Guided Bursa Injections
- (Lumbar) Discography*
- Epidural Blood Patch
- Implanted Intrathecal Pumps
- Epidural Infusion Catheters
- Neurolytic Blocks
- Spinal Cord Stimulators (SCS)*
Chronic Pain? Pain Management Services in Layton, UT
To find a physician who specializes in the treatment of pain, click here, or please call 1-866-431-WELL (9355). Not sure if you’re the right candidate for pain management? Take this online self-assessment to learn more.