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Spinal Cord Stimulation: Potential Benefits and Risks

The potential benefits and risk of spinal cord stimulation vary from patient to patient. It is important to understand that SCS may help reduce your pain, but not eliminate it.

What Is a Spinal Cord Stimulation Trial?

A spinal cord stimulation trial period is necessary if you are considering this treatment to reduce and manage your chronic back pain.

What Is Spinal Cord Stimulation?

Spinal cord stimulation is a treatment that benefits many people with chronic back and leg pain. SCS can help reduce pain and improve quality of life.

Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain: What You Need to Know

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has become a standard of care for people with chronic back and neck pain. Neurosurgeon answers the questions patients ask.

Back Pain Treatment by a Physiatrist

Physiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). The patient's primary care physician (PCP) or spine surgeon may refer to a physiatrist for further evaluation, diagnosis and non-surgical treatment.

Interventional Pain Management: A Comprehensive Approach to Chronic Pain

The goals of interventional pain management are to relieve, reduce, or manage pain and improve a patient's overall quality of life.

Transforaminal Epidural Injections Treat Leg and Back Pain

Epidural glucocortoid, or steroid, spinal injections are commonly given to patient with leg and/or back pain to relieve pain and improve mobility.

Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbosacral Medial Branch Block Information

An injection to block the medial branch nerves temporarily stops the transmission of pain signals from the spinal joints to the brain.

Questions You Should Ask About Pain and Pain Treatment

Pain isn’t just a symptom; it's also a condition—one that only you truly understand. Questions to help your doctor visualize your pain.

Lumbar Epidural Injection

Lumbar spinal epidural steroids injections may help relieve low back and leg pain often caused by lumbar spinal stenosis or disc herniation.

Facet Joint Block Animation

Facet joint block video animation demonstrates how this spinal injection treats neck or back pain caused by a cervical or lumbar spine condition.

Role of the Pain Management Specialist

Pain management doctors are pain medicine specialists who work to reduce their patients' pain, improve functional abilities and quality of life. The pain management team is made up of different medical professionals including physiatrists, oncologists, anesthesiologists, and physical therapists.

Cervical Epidural Injection

A cervical epidural injection places anti-inflammatory medicine into the spine's epidural space to reduce nerve root inflammation to help reduce neck pain, and shoulder and/or arm pain.

Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment for Neck, Back and Sacroiliac Pain

Radiofrequency ablation may help manage your back pain, and may be combined with other non-surgical therapies. Radiofrequency neurotomy and rhizotomy are other names for this procedure.

Radiofrequency Neurotomy Information for Sacroiliac Joint Pain

A neurotomy is a non-surgical pain management procedure that may help ease sacroiliac joint pain.

Epidural Injection for Low Back and Leg Pain

Spinal epidural injections place powerful anti-inflammatory medication near or at the pain-provoking nerve area of the spine.

Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic

Article answers frequently asked questions about chiropractic care. Find out how often you’ll need to visit a chiropractor to ease your back pain, as well as how to choose a good chiropractor for your back or neck pain.

Meningitis Outbreak Linked to Spinal Injections

You may have heard about a recent outbreak of meningitis linked to spinal injections for back pain. We have the latest updates on the outbreak and recall, including which states have been affected and symptoms to look out for.

Spinal Injections Animation

Spinal injection treatment video animation explains pain management procedures that help reduce neck and back pain and offer diagnostic information.

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Selective (Transforaminal) Epidural Spinal Injection

A lumbar epidural steroid injection, transforaminal spinal injection, and selective epidural injection are types of diagnostic spinal injections that may help your doctor pinpoint the cause of your symptoms and provide relief from back pain.

Lumbar Facet Joint Injection Information

Get the answers to your questions related to lumbar facet joint injections including what to know during and after the procedure.

Prayer as a Component of Managing Chronic Pain

People with chronic pain frequently rely on religious activities or beliefs, including prayer, to help them cope. Is prayer or meditation something you should consider as part of your pain management plan?

Healing Power of Man’s Best Friend—and Cats, too/Pets Can Be Powerful Medicine

Pain medicine specialist, Steven Richeimer, MD, explains why having a pet, or interacting with a trained dog or cat may improve a pain patient's quality of life.

Steroids, Cortisone, Corticosteroids and Glucocorticoids

Cortisone and cortisone-like steroids are powerful anti-inflammatory medications.

Sympathetic Nerve Block Information

A sympathetic nerve block involves injecting numbing medicine around the nerves in the low back or neck to temporaily switch pain off.

Costotransverse and Costovertebral Joint Injection Information

The costotransverse and costovertebral joints are small joints where the ribs join the mid back. This injection may help relieve pain in the back, ribs, chest, or abdomen.

Thoracic Epidural Injection

An epidural injection places anti-inflammatory medicine into the epidural space to decrease inflammation of the nerve roots, hopefully reducing the pain in the mid back or around the rib cage.

Caudal Epidural Injection Information

Read how this treatment may help to decrease nerve root inflammation and hopefully reduce back or leg pain.

Pain Management Techniques to Help Conquer Back and Neck Pain

The purpose of this article is to help you understand pain management. Included is an explanation of the different types of pain and treatments pain management specialists use to fight pain.

Cervical Facet Joint Injection Information

A facet joint injection serves several purposes. By placing numbing medicine into the joint, the amount of immediate pain relief experienced will help confirm or deny the joint as a source of pain.

Pain Management Techniques to Help Conquer Back and Neck Pain

Spine specialists help patients who suffer acute and chronic pain to find relief using new procedures and devices that include radiofrequency discal procedures, spinal pumps and stimulators.

Epidural Injections to Reduce Pain from Pinched Nerves

The epidural space is often used to deliver medicine close to the spinal nerves. Local anesthetics and anti-inflammatory steroids help to reduce inflammation that can cause pinched nerves.

Spinal Pumps and Spinal Cord Stimulators

Although far from panaceas, spinal pumps and spinal cord stimulators have proven to be very effective with carefully selected patients whose severe pain persists despite prior treatment efforts.

Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Interlaminar Epidural Injection Information

An epidural injection places anti-infllammatory medicine into the epidural space to reduce nerve inflammation and pain.

The Truth about Cortisone Shots

Today, with a careful assessment of the benefits, cortisone is a very useful and effective tool in treating back pain.

Spinal Cord Stimulation FAQs

Will a spinal cord stimulator free you from your back pain? This and other FAQs are answered by F. Todd Wetzel, MD.

Epidural Steroid Injections and Low Back Pain

Epidural steroid injections are an effective method of treatment for more serious lower back pain.

Nerve Blocks: Medication Injections

Blocks with local anesthetic can be used to control acute pain. Blocks often provide diagnostic information, helping to determine the source of the pain.

Back Pain and Spas: Hydrotherapy, Pilates, Yoga

Today, spas offer people a wide variety of services, many of which can be very beneficial to the health of your spine.

Pain Management Center

The Pain Management Center on SpineUniverse helps you understand various pain management treatments and techniques. Learn about spinal pumps, spinal cord stimulation, and other treatments pain management specialists use to help chronic pain sufferers find pain relief.

6 Ways Regular Exercise Affects Chronic Pain

An analysis of 33 different studies concluded that exercise reduces pain and improves physical functionality related to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia.

Facet Rhizotomy

The goal of a facet rhizotomy is to relieve back pain by "shutting off" the pain signals. Facet rhizotomies are also called radiofrequency rhizotomies, and they are pain management techniques that target the nerves near the facet joints.

Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbosacral Spinal Nerve Injection (Diagnostic Transforaminal Injection)

A selective nerve root block provides important information about which nerve is causing pain.

Low-dose Opioids May Help Patients Confront Chronic Back Pain

Opioids make life easier for countless people who live with debilitating pain.

Opioid Pain Relievers

An in-depth description of opioid pain relievers with a view towards new technology.

Tactical Treatments Help Manage Neck and Back Pain

Pain management specialists provide many different treatments, including activity modification, medications, therapeutic injections, physical therapy, and acupuncture.

Epidural Steroid Injections: Are They Useful?

Steroid injections into the lumbar epidural space are frequently used for low back and related radicular leg pains. The question is do they work? A prominent pain management specialist answers that question.

Spinal Cord Stimulation: Advantages and Risks and Who is a Candidate?

Are you a candidate for spinal cord stimulation? Review the advantages and risks to this pain management technique used for chronic pain patients. Article reviews who can have spinal cord stimulation.

Spinal Cord Stimulation for the Control of Chronic Back Pain

Spinal cord stimulation, also called neurostimulation, may allow patients to achieve significant or total relief from chronic back pain.

Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbosacral Nerve Block

By confirming or denying the exact source of pain a nerve root block provides information allowing for proper treatment.

Thoracic Facet Joint Injection Information

A facet joint injection serves many purposes. Placement of numbing medicine into the joint, may reduce pain and helps confirm/deny the joint as a pain source.

How Is a Spinal Cord Stimulator Implanted?

Information about the surgical implantation of a spinal cord stimulation system is provided. If your spinal cord stimulation trial was successful, you may be eligible to have a SCS system permanently implanted to reduce and manage chronic back pain.

Opioids Prescribed Short-term for Postoperative Pain Increased Addiction and Dependency Rates

A study reported a significant increase (10%) in opioid addiction or dependency in patients who received prescription opioid medication to treat postsurgical pain.

What is Pain Management?

What happens when back pain doesn't go away? Doctor Santhosh Thomas provides information about pain and pain management.

Epidural Steroid Injection Before Spine Surgery May Boost Infection Risk

While lumbar epidural steroid injections (LESIs) are considered a safe treatment and diagnostic tool, they come with risks.

Visit to a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)

Similar to your medical doctor, your chiropractor will need your complete medical history including x-rays and MRI studies relevant to your current condition.

Percutaneous Neuromodulation Therapy (PNT)

Percutaneous neuromodulation therapy (PNT) is a non-invasive, low-risk procedure that can help treat pain.

What is Cortisone and How is it Used to Treat Back and Neck Pain?

Doctor Lawrence Kamhi, an Interventional Pain Management specialist answers the question, "What is cortisone?"

Stem Cells and Degenerative Disc Disease

SpineUniverse interviewed Kaliq Chang, MD—an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist about stem cells in the treatment of degenerative disc disease.

Effectiveness of Spinal Epidural Corticosteroid Injections

Physicans are seeing more patients with osteoarthritis, herniated discs and spinal stenosis. This trend is expected to continue as the American population ages.

Pain Control After Surgery: Breathing for Relaxation

Pain control after spine surgery may include breathing exercises for relaxation.

Scrambler Therapy Treats Neuropathic and Chronic Low Back and Leg Pain

Scrambler technology (Calmare® Pain Therapy Treatment) is a non-invasive therapy that treats neuropathic and chronic pain by surface electro-stimulation.

Facet Rhizotomy Procedure: What to Expect

Information to help patients prepare for a facet rhizotomy and what to expect after the procedure. Facet rhizotomy is a pain management treatment option used for chronic pain.

Pain Control After Surgery: Methods You May Be Using

Pain control after surgery. This guide is provided by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Public Health Service.

I Still Have Back Pain! Now What?

For your back pain that won't go away, you can try a multidisciplinary approach. A combination of different treatments, such as massage, acupuncture, and core strengthening exercises, may bring relief from pain.

Pain Control and Surgery: Plan

A guideline to help you discuss post-operative pain management.

Pain Control and Surgery: Benefits and Risks

Pain management following spine surgery is explained including the benefits and risks.

IDET Explanation: Basic Information from a Pain Management Specialist

IDET is a relatively new pain management treatment option for discogenic pain -- pain that's specifically related to your intervertebral discs. An interventional pain management specialist explains how IDET works.

Botox for Chronic Back and Neck Pain

Botox is FDA-approved for cervical dystonia, but it isn't approved for back pain or neck pain. Read up on if you can use Botox to treat your chronic pain. Article includes insight from a pain management specialist.

Symptomatic Disc Bulges and Herniations Without Nerve Root Impingement and Compromise

A review of studies on symptomatic disc bulges and herniations without nerve root impingement and compromise.

Drug Preparations Applied to the Skin Help Relieve Pain

Topical preparations are medications that can help reduce or alleviate pain caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and soft tissue trauma.

Interventional Pain Medicine: Options for Chronic Pain

If your primary care physician cannot pinpoint the source of your pain, it may be best to seek the care of a pain specialist such as an interventional pain medicine physician.

Epidural Steroid Injections and Corticosteroids

An epidural injection allows the physician to administer a more potent dose of corticosteroid medication where it is needed.

Epidural Corticosteroid Injections and Back Pain

Pinpointing the cause of back or neck pain is difficult. The cause may not be as obvious as a herniated disc.

Pain Control After Surgery: A Patient's Guide

Pain control after surgery. This guide is provided by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Public Health Service.

Pain Management of Spinal Disorders

Lifestyle issues, therapeutic exercise, medications, injections, alternative treatments and possibly surgery are addressed in the treatment of pain.

Types of Cortisone Injections

Cortisone falls into a group of chemicals called steroids. However, cortisone is very different from anabolic steroids sometimes abused by athletes.

Radiofrequency Neurotomy Information for Facet Joint Pain

A medial branch neurotomy is a non-surgical procedure that helps to relieve neck, mid-back, and low back pain.

IDET Controversy: Answers from a Pain Management Specialist

If you have discogenic pain, IDET is a treatment option for you. However, it's relatively new, so some medical professionals consider it experimental. A pain management specialist responds to those challenges.

Spiritual Tools to Help You Move Beyond Neck and Back Pain

Using a variety of spiritual tools, you can rise above your chronic pain so that you restore joy to your life and live an expanded existence even when your pain continues. Learn about reframing your thoughts.
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