Spinal Cord Stimulation Specialist

Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists

Pain Management located in Chicago, IL & River Forest, IL

Chronic pain is one of the most challenging problems to overcome as it seldom responds to the usual medical treatments. The experienced team at Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists, with locations in the Northside of Chicago and western suburbs, including Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Lake View East, Ukrainian Village, Budlong Woods, Norwood Park West, Bucktown, Andersonville, River Forest, and Oak Park, Illinois, successfully relieves your pain with spinal cord stimulation. An advanced interventional treatment, spinal cord stimulation can reduce your pain by up to 70% by blocking the sensory nerves. To learn if you might benefit from this treatment, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Spinal Cord Stimulation Q & A

What is spinal cord stimulation?

Spinal cord stimulation uses mild electrical pulses to relieve your pain. As the electrical stimulation targets nerves, it blocks the pain signals from going through the nerves to your brain.

As long as your brain doesn’t get the message, you experience pain relief, even though the underlying condition still exists.

What conditions benefit from spinal cord stimulation?

Sensory nerves run from all regions of your body back to the spine, up the spinal cord, and to your brain. Spinal cord stimulation blocks these nerves at your spine. That means spinal cord stimulation can alleviate pain coming from anywhere in your body.

Your provider may recommend spinal cord stimulation for:

  • Herniated discs
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Cancer pain
  • Joint pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Complex regional pain syndrome

Spinal cord stimulation can also help relieve ongoing pain after failed back surgery.

What is the spinal cord stimulation device?

Spinal cord stimulators have a small pulse generator, lead wires, and a controller. Your provider at Stellar Pain and Spine implants the generator under your skin and connects the lead wires to the generator.

Then they guide the lead wires through the space around your spine, placing them near the nerves sending pain signals to your brain. 

Your provider uses the controller to program the frequency and intensity of the pulses. You keep the controller, using it to turn the device on and off.

Is spinal cord stimulation right for me?

You have a seven-day trial to determine if the spinal cord stimulator successfully relieves your pain. During the trial, your provider at Stellar Pain and Spine inserts the lead wires while you wear the generator.

After a week, you decide if it worked well and gave you enough pain relief to keep the device. If it didn’t do a good job of alleviating your pain, your provider removes the wires.

Am I a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation?

To be considered a good candidate, you should:

  • Have a successful trial period
  • Have chronic pain
  • Have ongoing pain despite conservative treatment
  • Pass a psychological evaluation

To see if spinal cord stimulation is right for you, call Stellar Pain and Spine, or schedule an appointment online today.