Center for Pain Management has years of experience using nerve blocks and nerve stimulation procedures to control and minimize pain for our patients. Each of these procedures is minimally invasive – a nerve block injection takes about 15 minutes, and a nerve/spinal cord stimulator implant procedure takes about an hour.
These treatments are most often used to relieve chronic leg, back, and neck pain. Nerve blocks and spinal cord stimulator implants are effective treatments for conditions such as failed back surgery syndrome, spinal stenosis, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
A nerve block may be any combination of an anesthetic, steroids, and anti-inflammatory medication injected into a nerve or nerves that are causing pain. Depending on the type of pain, and its intensity and location, one or more injections may be necessary at a single appointment. Repeat injections may be necessary to control pain.
A spinal cord stimulator is a small device implanted in the lower back near the spine. This device generates electrical pulses that override pain signals as they travel from the leg, back, or neck up the spinal column. While these implants stimulate nerves and disrupt pain signals, they don’t eliminate pain, but they can reduce pain to levels that are manageable with medication.
Surgery on the spine is a risky procedure with many potential complications. Often, a spinal surgery intended to alleviate back pain makes pain worse. At Center for Pain Management, we believe the most conservative, least invasive treatment is always preferable to repeat spinal surgery. Nerve stimulator implants require a minor outpatient surgical procedure at our Center for Special Surgery, but the recovery time is minimal compared to back surgery.
If you’ve been unable to find relief for your chronic leg, back, or neck pain, a nerve block or spinal nerve stimulator may be the solution. Contact Center for Pain Management to schedule your consultation: (317) 706-7246.