Spinal Cord Stimulation Specialist

OMNI Pain & Precision Medicine

Spine & Orthopedic Medicine Specialist located in Utica, NY

If you have chronic pain in your back, legs, or arms, spinal cord stimulation may provide the relief you need. Nameer Haider, MD, and the team at OMNI Pain & Precision Medicine in Utica, New York, use cutting-edge research and the latest techniques to relieve your pain, which includes innovative options like spinal cord stimulation. They have extensive experience in spinal cord stimulation and they’re actively involved in FDA-approved clinical trials, so you’ll receive the highest quality of care. To learn how spinal cord stimulation may relieve your pain, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Spinal Cord Stimulation Q & A

What is spinal cord stimulation?

Sensory nerves in your body pick up pain signals and send them to your brain. Spinal cord stimulation uses mild electrical pulses to block or scramble those nerve signals as they travel through the spinal cord. Your brain doesn’t get the message, so you won’t feel the full force of the pain.

Spinal cord stimulation doesn’t eliminate the source of the pain, so the amount of pain relief is different for each person. However, many get significant pain relief after the spinal cord stimulator is implanted.

What pain conditions are treated with spinal cord stimulation?

Spinal cord stimulation relieves chronic back, neck, arm, leg, and joint pain caused by conditions that include:

  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Facet joint osteoarthritis
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sciatica

If you have chronic pain that hasn’t responded to other therapies, spinal cord stimulation may provide the help you need.

How is the spinal cord stimulator implanted?

Spinal cord stimulators have three parts: a small generator that produces the electrical pulse, lead wires that deliver the pulse to the nerves in your spine, and a controller. Your doctor at OMNI Pain & Precision Medicine implants the generator under your skin, usually in the abdomen or upper buttock.

Using a single, small incision, your doctor threads the narrow lead wires through the epidural space surrounding your spine. The electrodes are placed near the spinal nerves transmitting pain signals. 

Your doctor uses the controller to program the pulse strength and frequency, then you’ll use it to turn the generator on and off.

Who is a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation?

You may be a good candidate if:

  • Your pain has lasted three months or longer
  • Other medical treatments haven’t relieved your pain
  • Surgery won’t help or you can’t have surgery
  • You don’t have untreated drug addictions
  • You don’t have a pacemaker
  • You’re willing to take an active role in your health care
  • You have a clear psychological evaluation
  • You have a successful trial

Once your doctor clears you for spinal cord stimulation, the next step is a trial run to see if it works for you.

What happens during my spinal cord stimulation trial?

To test-run the device, your doctor inserts the lead wires along your spine, then attaches them to a portable generator worn around your waist. You’ll wear the device for about a week to see if it relieves your pain enough to implant a permanent generator.

If you have chronic pain and you’d like to talk about spinal cord stimulation, call OMNI Pain & Precision Medicine or schedule an appointment online.