Living With a Spinal Cord Stimulator

September 8, 2017

What is a spinal cord stimulator? In short, it’s device that helps patients manage chronic pain. The goal of this device is for those wearing it to feel much less pain over time. Depending on the person, it may be used for a number of years.

Implantation of the Device

A spinal cord stimulator can be implanted into your spine and hip. Then, electrical currents are sent to your spine, enabling the brain to manage its reaction to chronic pain. These devices do need charging, as they are worn continuously. Often, after years of use, they will need to be replaced.

The Need for Spinal Cord Stimulators

People who suffer pain due to previous operations, such as failed back surgery, may need this device. Some patients can simply take pain medication, but others need this more advanced device to help manage everyday difficulties. It’s also effective in controlling or limiting the narcotics you may take to ease back pain.

Living With a Spinal Cord Stimulator

Living with any kind of implant can be a challenge. Here are some things to remember if you have to have a spinal cord stimulator implanted:

  • Keep your hand control away from water to avoid damage.
  • Make sure your device is insured in case it needs to be repaired or replaced.
  • If your device isn’t working properly, replace it as soon as possible.
  • Keep all of your therapy appointments.
  • Therapy, combined with a stimulator, puts you on the fast track to recovery.
  • Pain can sometimes linger, even after implantation.

A Life-changing Experience

It will take awhile to get used to living with a spinal cord stimulator, but it can make the change you need to live a fully functional life. Give yourself time to get used to doing your daily routine with this device implanted, and make sure to keep in touch with your physician and therapists.

Your recovery from pain will depend on a number of factors, including your age, past surgeries, and health habits. Southside Pain Specialists can provide you with the perfect spinal cord stimulation for your case. Talk to one of your specialists or visit for a personal consultation today.