Neurostimulator Implant in Santa Clarita
A neurostimulator disguises and blocks pain signals before they reach the brain to reduce chronic pain symptoms. Similar to a pacemaker, the implant delivers electrical pulses to the spinal cord. A neurostimulator implant can help patients better manage their chronic pain and potentially reduce their use of opioid medications.
Understanding Neurostimulator Implants
Dr. Grewal may recommend a neurostimulator implant for patients who experience chronic pain and have found little results from other treatments. The device is surgically placed under the patient's skin and sends a mild electric current to the spinal cord. Thin wires transmit current from a pulse generator to the nerve fibers of the spinal cord. When turned on, the neurostimulator implant stimulates the nerves in the area where the patient feels pain. The electrical pulses modify or blocks the pain signal from reaching the brain, which reduces the pain.
The stimulation does not eliminate the cause of pain, it merely hinders the signal to the brain, and so the measure of pain relief differs for each patient. For assurance, Dr. Grewal performs a trial stimulation before permanently placing the implant. The goal of neurostimulator implant treatment is to reduce a patient's pain level so he or she can perform daily activities. It is important to note that stimulation does not work for everyone. In those cases, the implant can be removed and will not harm the spinal cord or nerves.
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At our practice, it is our goal to offer expert and compassionate care to patients. By evaluating a patient's pain symptoms, Dr. Grewal is not only able to treat patients' symptoms, but also help them better understand the source of the pain and in turn better understand how their body works and how a treatment is best for them.
Neurostimulator implants, along with other forms of pain treatment, can help relieve pain temporarily or long-term. To find out if a neurostimulator implant is right for you, please contact our office at 661-288-7978.