Spinal Cord Stimulation for Pain at Institute for Limb Preservation
Spinal cord stimulation (a form of neuromodulation) is a technology that alters the human nervous system for a desired effect. The most commonly known form of electrical neuromodulation is the cardiac pacemaker. A pacemaker has electrical wires that are placed into the heart then connected to a programmable battery. The signals of electrical current control the heart rhythm.
Spinal cord stimulation for pain can be thought of as a pacemaker for pain. The spinal cord stimulator can be neurostimulation we modify functions of the nervous system that have been altered because of disease or injury. Pain symptoms are controlled by the nervous system, but in some cases the symptoms can become very severe, limiting a person’s ability to get relief from the symptoms by medical management. Since the nervous system is a very complex electrical system, we can determine the area to send impulses to in order to correct the abnormal electrical signals. The most common targets are the spinal cord or the small nerves located under the skin. Other areas of the nervous system can also be stimulated, such as the brain or the nerve roots.
At The Institute for Limb Preservation, we utilize neuromodulation for amputees that are experiencing phantom limb pain and/or stump pain that interfers with their ability to function in their day to day activities, or makes it difficult to wear their prosthesis. Contact us for more information about the use of neuromodulation for pain control.