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Managing Chronic Pain in the Back, Neck and Spine

Many people with back, neck and spine problems experience chronic pain, defined as pain that lasts longer than three months. When chronic back and neck pain can’t be managed through other nonsurgical and surgical methods, such as pain medication and physical therapy, there are innovative new techniques that may be helpful.

The Colorado Center for Neuromodulation

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center is home to the Colorado Center for Neuromodulation, led by Medical Director Dr. Giancarlo Barolat, M.D. who also founded Barolat Neuroscience.

Neuromodulation – or neurostimulation – is a way of stimulating nerves that help control pain. The Center specializes in spinal cord stimulation and peripheral nerve stimulation that can assist patients with managing pain due to cervical, lumbar and thoracic spine problems and Failed Back Syndrome – severe pain that continues even after the patient has had surgery.

Dr. Barolat is a pioneer in neurostimulation technology who treats patients from all over the U.S. Neuro-stimulators are small devices that are implanted and deliver a constant electrical current that blocks unwanted pain signals from the nerves and spinal cord. They are similar in many ways to pacemakers that modulate heartbeats. Neurostimulation is a desirable way to treat pain because electrical stimulation does not have the side effects that many drugs do.

 

Dr. Barolat is the recipient of the North American Neuromodulation Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award, its highest honor. “Dr. Barolat received the Lifetime Achievement Award from NANS because of his longstanding commitment to the field of Neuromodulation, including many advancements in the development of this emerging area of medicine” said David Kloth, M.D., NANS president. “He is a distinguished clinician, researcher and educator. As an international leader in neuromodulation, he has had a profound impact in the field for over three decades.”