Advanced therapies like spinal cord stimulation (SCS) offer innovative solutions for chronic pain symptoms. Joseph A. Cabaret, MD, in Camarillo, California, is a board-certified interventional pain specialist with expertise in treatments like spinal cord stimulation. If you’re suffering from chronic pain, call Dr. Cabaret or schedule an appointment online to learn more about spinal cord stimulation and relieve your pain today.
If you’re living with diabetic neuropathy, you know how debilitating the condition can be. The pain, numbness, and tingling can make it challenging to live an everyday life. There is hope, however. Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a treatment that is effective in reducing or eliminating the pain of diabetic neuropathy.
Spinal cord stimulation is a treatment that uses electrical impulses to relieve pain. The electrical impulses are sent from a device called a neurostimulator, which is implanted under the skin. The neurostimulator is connected to electrodes placed next to the spinal cord. When the neurostimulator is turned on, the electrical impulses block the pain signals from reaching the brain.
Electrical impulses also stimulate the body’s natural pain-relieving mechanisms. This can help to reduce further or eliminate the pain. When the electrical impulses are no longer needed, the neurostimulator can be turned off or removed. Therefore, it is a reversible and non-destructive treatment option.
There are two types of diabetic neuropathy. They are:
Spinal cord stimulation is effective in treating both types of diabetic neuropathy. In a study of patients with peripheral neuropathy, SCS was found to reduce pain in all patients treated effectively. In another study of patients with autonomic neuropathy, SCS was found to be effective in reducing blood pressure and improving digestive function.
Diabetic neuropathy is a complication of diabetes. It occurs when high blood sugar damages the nerves. Diabetic neuropathy can affect any nerve in the body. The most common type is peripheral neuropathy, which affects the nerves in the extremities. Autonomic neuropathy, which affects the nerves that control the autonomic nervous system, is less common.
Peripheral neuropathy can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the extremities. Autonomic neuropathy can cause problems with blood pressure, sweating, and digestion. Diabetic neuropathy can also lead to diabetic foot ulcers, resulting in amputation.
The best way to prevent diabetic neuropathy is to control blood sugar levels. This can be done through diet, exercise, and medication. If you have diabetes, it is important to see your doctor regularly to detect and treat any early signs of neuropathy.
Spinal cord stimulation may be an option if you are living with diabetic neuropathy. SCS is effective in reducing or eliminating the pain of diabetic neuropathy. It is a safe and effective treatment that can help you regain your quality of life.
Spinal cord stimulation is a treatment that uses electrical impulses to relieve pain. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including:
– Back pain
– Neck pain
– Nerve pain
– Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
– Failed back surgery syndrome
If you are living with chronic pain, spinal cord stimulation may be an option. SCS is a safe and effective treatment that can help you regain your quality of life.
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SCS is an interventional pain management therapy that involves mild electrical stimulation.
The theory behind a spinal cord stimulator is similar to a cardiac pacemaker. Dr. Cabaret implants a device near your spine with the goal of blocking or modifying nerve activity along the spinal column. The disrupted nerve activity reduces pain sensations before they reach your brain.
The benefits of spinal cord stimulation may include:
Unlike back surgery, SCS is tested through a nonsurgical trial first to see if it manages your pain. SCS is also a reversible interventional pain management procedure.
During your SCS trial, Dr. Cabaret inserts thin wires near your spine that connect to an external transmitter. You’ll wear the external transmitter for approximately one week to see if your pain changes.
The current from the pulse generator is carried to the nerve fibers of the spinal cord by the small wires. When enabled, the SCS stimulates the nerves where your pain is felt and then masks the pain signals before they can reach your brain.
If you have a positive response to the SCS trial, Dr. Cabaret implants the transmitter under your skin.
If you have had chronic pain that is debilitating for more than three months in your head, neck, back, arms, or legs, you may be a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation.
Dr. Cabaret reviews your individual history to evaluate the most effective course of treatment option for your pain, but you may be a good candidate for SCS if you:
Many types of pain respond to SCS, but some of the most common conditions are:
If you like the idea of a spinal cord stimulation trial to see if it can help manage your pain, call Dr. Cabaret, or schedule your appointment online.