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Doctor insights on: What Is Spinal Cord Stimulation Good For

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What is spinal cord stimulation?

What is spinal cord stimulation?

Neuromodulation: SCS directs electrical current to the spinal cord or spinal nerves. There are many different proprietary wave forms and energy sources on the market to provide this stimulation. This modulation of different nerve fibers using electricity to produce pain relief is called neuromodulation. This is most effective in nerve related pain. The most common use is for patients who have had spinal surgery. ...Read more

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What is spinal cord stimulation like?

What is spinal cord stimulation like?

Electrifying!: Spinal cord stimulation performed for relief of chronic pain involves insertion of electrodes in the back part of the spinal canal. These are guided up to a level at which pain reduction occurs upon administration of a small electric current. Spinal cord stimulation is rarely done for other purposes in routine practice. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for spinal cord tumor?

Removal: Removal of tumor to prevent damage to spinal cord. ...Read more

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What is the most widely suggested medication for a spinal cord injury and spasticity?

What is the most widely suggested medication for a spinal cord injury and spasticity?

Baclofen: Muscle spasms and spastic tone is the most complication of spinal injury. Baclofen has been the gold standard along with the benzodiazepines such as Clonazepam and diazepam. ...Read more

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Is stimulation a good treatment for the cerebral cortex?

Is stimulation a good treatment for the cerebral cortex?

Yes: We all need stimulation for learning and to maintain social skills and mood. It is expecially important for children, to facilitate learning. Motor stimulation helps to develop pathways for motor control. ...Read more

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What is a spinal fusion?

What is a spinal fusion?

Just like it sounds: Its when multiple vertebrae are fused together so they no longer move. You sacrifice some of your range of motion for pain relief. Be sure you have exausted all conservative measures first, because once its done, there's no going back. ...Read more

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What is a good homeopathic medicine for spinal pain after spinal injection?

What is a good homeopathic medicine for spinal pain after spinal injection?

Arnica, Hypericum: The most widely used homeopathic remedy is probably Arnica, used for all sorts of injuries and trauma. Also consider Hypericum, which is useful for nerve pain, esp. related to injury. You might also try Ledum, which is helpful for puncture wounds. Try these in 12c and/or 30c potencies. I might try each one 2-3 times a day for a day or 2 sequentially to see which helps most. Hope they help! ...Read more

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What's the benefit of spinal cord stimulation for pain management?

What's the benefit of spinal cord stimulation for pain management?

Helps with: Chronic pain due to neuropathic pain whether due to radiculopathy due to post spine surgery or postlaminectomy syndrome, diabetic or other neuropathies, chronic regional pain syndrome are a few reasons. Newer diagnoses its being shown to help with are peripheral vascular disease, heart/cardiac abnormalities like angina. ...Read more

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How close are doctors to finding a cure for spinal cord injury?

How close are doctors to finding a cure for spinal cord injury?

Slow, small advances: The spinal cord is very complex, with millions of tiny nerve cells packed into a small area. Spinal cord injury disrupts these nerve cells, and they don't grow back together well at all. Many researchers are working on this problem, and slow progress is being made. We are still many years away from being able to completely cure this problem. ...Read more

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Is surgery a good solution for a compressed spinal cord?

Is surgery a good solution for a compressed spinal cord?

Only option: If symptomatic, decompressing the spinal cord is the only therapeutic option. ...Read more

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What is the recovery like for lumbar spinal stenosis surgery?

What is the recovery like for lumbar spinal stenosis surgery?

This is dependent on: Several factors including one's health status & physical conditioning, any associated instability of the spine, whether obese &/or a smoker, any underlying diabetes or neuropathy, evidence of any peripheral vascular disease-but in general, when indicated appropriately , 85% success rate --generally 6-8 week recovery depending on number of levels involved in spine that has not had any prior surgery. ...Read more

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Is spinal traction a good method to prevent needing to have spinal surgery?

Is spinal traction a good method to prevent needing to have spinal surgery?

Sometimes: Traction is a method of relieving pressure off spinal nerves that are being pinched. Traction can help relieve pain radiating into the extremities. Pinched nerves often heal over a 8 to 12 week period. Traction can be used to help with pain relief during that time and help prevent surgery. However, if the symptoms continue or there is progressive neurological compromise, surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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No cord compression. Vertebral bodies and spinal cord anormal.spinal canal adequate. A hemangioma in the T6 vertebral body is noted. What does this me?

No cord compression. Vertebral bodies and spinal cord anormal.spinal canal adequate. A hemangioma in the T6 vertebral body is noted. What does this me?

Mostly benign: Vertebral hemangiomas are benign vascular malformations that displace the adjacent bone. They are usually asymptomatic and typically no treatment is necessary. Acute symptoms may occur from secondary compression fracture, sudden mass effect, and internal hemorrhage. With these secondary effects, there are invasive and noninvasive therapeutic options. ...Read more

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What is good for reprogramming of movement/reflexes following brain injury?

What is good for reprogramming of movement/reflexes following brain injury?

Movement after TBI: It can be helpful to work with an occupational and physical therapist to improve your balance and coordination after a brain injury. This should be done with the guidance and supervision of your physician. ...Read more

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How does a spinal cord stimulator differ from a tens machine? Is there a significant benefit of one over other? Stimulator worth the surgery? Thx

How does a spinal cord stimulator differ from a tens machine?  Is there a significant benefit of one over other?  Stimulator worth the surgery? Thx

A TENS unit uses: Pads placed on the outside of the body and stimulates muscles and nerves from there and controls pain by way of a theory called the gate controls theory where it basically floods the fibers heading north and blocks pain signals. The spinal cord stimulator is internal, usually along spinal cord, sometimes not, that disrupts pain signals. Stimulators can be very beneficial in refractory pain. ...Read more

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