Chronic pain is persistent pain that lasts weeks to years and may be caused by inflammation and other degenerative diseases or injury. Treatments include medications, acupuncture, electrical stimulation, cognitive behavioral therapy and surgery. With modern pain management, there are several non-medication options. The best treatment option depends on the source of your pain and how it is impacting your daily functioning.
Chronic pain is different than regular pain. Your body keeps hurting weeks, months or even years with disease or injury. Doctors often define chronic pain as any pain that lasts for 3 to 6 months or more. Chronic pain can have real effects on your day-to-day life and your mental health. You and your doctor can work together to treat it. There are many treatment options at Hanowell Spine Clinic.
Dorsal Column Stimulator
The Dorsal Column Stimulator, or DCS, is implanted into the body. It is sometimes referred to as a pain pacemaker. It works to outsmart your brain by releasing mild electrical impulses to select areas of the spinal cord or dorsal column for the treatment of certain pain conditions. These impulses continue to the brain faster than your body can send the pain signals. Stimulation does not cure the condition that is causing pain, it helps patients manage the pain. SCS is considered successful if the pain is reduced by at least half.
According to mayfieldclinic.com, “Studies of spinal cord stimulation show good to excellent long-term relief in 50% to 80% of patients suffering from chronic pain.” To understand the benefits and risks, please consult Hanowell Spine Clinic. Dr. Hanowell specializes in treating all kinds of pain, even severe pain. He is committed to finding the least invasive procedures possible. Only you and your doctor can determine if you are a good candidate for specific pain treatment options.
Please do not delay when it comes to your chronic pain. Contact the team at Hanowell Spine Clinic today.