Treating Complex regional pain syndrome with Spinal cord stimulation

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Disorder (RSD) is a chronic pain condition that typically affects the arms, legs or feet. It may happen after an injury to a nerve or tissue. This condition causes high numbers of electrical nerve impulses to travel to the affected site. Studies suggest it is thought to occur as a result of a dysfunction in the central or peripheral nervous system.

Common symptoms of CRPS include:

When to see a doctor?

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and moving your affected limb becomes difficult or intolerable you should contact your doctor immediately. Early intervention is very important in helping treat CRPS. You can book an appointment over the phone with Advanced Pain Management Center today for a consultation.

Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation therapy delivers low levels of electrical pulses into the epidural space. These impulses block the pain signals before they can reach the brain, replacing the pain with a more pleasant sensation or no sensation at all. It is an excellent option if other conservative therapies such as physical therapy, medications, and nerve blocks don't help.

How does it work?

Dr. Fiks begins the implant procedure by giving you a local anesthetic and minimal sedation. He places the spinal cord stimulator leads—the element that transmits the electrical pulses—into the epidural space. He then tapes the leads to your back and connects you to a portable stimulating device.

To see if spinal cord stimulation works for you, Dr. Fiks conducts a 2 week trial with the temporary portable device to see how successful it is in relieving your pain. If it works, he places a permanent stimulation device in your upper buttock through a small incision.

Major benefits

 

To learn more about how spinal cord stimulation can relieve symptoms of CRPS, book and appointment with Advanced Pain Management Center today.

Author
Vladimir Fiks, MD Medical Director Advanced Pain Management Center and Cedar Hills Surgery Center

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