Focused on long-term pain relief without extensive surgery
Pain in your neck, back, arms and/or legs is not something you have to live with, and it can often be relieved without extensive surgery. Our specialists offer effective, long-term options to relieve pain that are minimally invasive.
Two innovative strategies we often use for chronic pain are:
Spinal injections: Minimally invasive and extremely effective.
Spinal injection therapy has become one of the most efficient methods of pain management. It is safe, minimally invasive and extremely effective. A spinal injection can alleviate pain and swelling one to five days following the procedure and last anywhere from one week to one year.
A spinal injection involves using fluoroscopy, a form of X-ray viewable in real time, which we use to visualize the intervention and guide the treatment. Fluoroscopy allows physicians to guide injections in the arms, legs or spine with accuracy. The injection, consisting of a local anesthetic and steroid, is delivered directly to the space surrounding the affected area’s spinal nerves. After receiving spinal injection therapy, subsequent injections, also referred to as blocks, may follow. However, some patients may even feel full relief after the first injection.
Eliminate pain with a spinal-cord stimulator.
Spinal-cord stimulators can help alleviate chronic pain by “tricking” or confusing the brain’s interpretation of pain, replacing it with a tingling sensation. A spinal-cord stimulator can help people who suffer with:
- Spinal-cord injury
- Degenerative conditions, such as spinal stenosis, nerve damage or spondylosis
- Failed back surgery syndrome
At NOSS, we use a minimally invasive technique called laminectomy to implant the stimulator by your spinal cord. During the outpatient procedure, your surgeon will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area and then expertly guide a needle to insert and place the stimulator electrodes. The stimulator will emit low-voltage electrical currents to the spinal cord and spinal nerves. An electrical signal generator will emit electrical waves through an attached electrical wire, allowing the waves to travel to the electrodes placed behind the upper, mid or lower region of the spinal cord.
You will undergo a trial run with the stimulator for up to a week. The neurosurgeon will then decide whether permanent stimulator implantation is suitable.
For more information on managing chronic pain with a spinal-cord stimulator or spinal injection therapy, or to schedule your appointment, contact the spine and pain specialists of NOSS. Call 203-755-6677 (NOSS) or 1-800-463-8764. You may also use our easy online form for appointment scheduling.