Spinal Cord Stimulation Specialist

Premier Pain Solutions

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Asheville, NC, Columbus, NC, Wilmington NC, Southern Pines NC, Easley SC, & Greenwood SC

The amazing thing about spinal cord stimulation is that it has the potential to relieve pain in every part of your body. As nationally recognized thought leaders on spinal cord stimulators and participants in multiple ground-breaking studies, Javid Baksh, DO, and Christopher Mallard, MD, at Premier Pain Solutions have the expertise to guide you through the process and help you achieve long-lasting pain relief. To learn if you’re a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation, book online or call today. They have six offices in Asheville, Columbus, Southern Pines, and Wilmington, North Carolina; and Easley and Greenwood, South Carolina.

Spinal Cord Stimulation Q & A

What is spinal cord stimulation?

Spinal cord stimulation is an interventional therapy that blocks or masks pain signals traveling through the spinal nerves. The device uses a mild electrical pulse to alter the nerve signals before they reach your brain. Since your brain doesn’t get the message, you get relief from your pain.

What pain conditions qualify for spinal cord stimulation?

The sensory nerves that pick up pain messages in your body carry those signals through your spinal cord on their way to your brain. Since spinal cord stimulation blocks nerve signals in the spinal cord, this treatment can relieve pain that originates anywhere in your body, including your back.

Premier Pain Solutions may recommend spinal cord stimulation for many painful conditions, including:


  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Cancer pain
  • Joint pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Chronic leg pain or arm pain
  • Peripheral vascular disease

 

Spinal cord stimulation also relieves ongoing pain after failed back surgery. 

How does the spinal cord stimulation device work?

 

The device includes three parts: a controller, a small pulse generator, and lead wires. Your provider guides the lead wires through the epidural space surrounding your spine. Then they implant the generator under your skin.

 

After placing the leads along the nerves carrying the pain signals, they tunnel the wires over to the generator and connect the wires to the generator. For the final step, your provider programs the generator using the controller.

 

After you leave the office, you can use the controller to turn the generator on and off and adjust the level of stimulation.

How do I know if spinal cord stimulation will work for me?

You have a trial period to determine if spinal cord stimulation relieves your pain. Your provider inserts the lead wires, while you wear the generator around your waist instead of having it implanted. 

You use the device for up to a week. Then you can decide if it worked well enough to keep it and have the generator implanted.

Am I a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation?

You may be a good candidate if you:

  • Have a successful trial period
  • Have chronic pain (pain lasting three months or longer)
  • Have ongoing pain despite other treatments
  • Are unable or unwilling to have spine surgery
  • Don’t have an untreated drug addiction
  • Aren’t pregnant

To learn if you’re a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation, call Premier Pain Solutions or book an appointment online today.