Spinal Cord Stimulation Specialist

Goodlife Physical Medicine

Orthopedics, Pain Management, Chiropractors, Physical Therapy and Massage located in Redondo Beach, El Segundo, and Torrance, CA

When you have chronic pain in your back, arms, or legs that isn't responding to other treatments, spinal cord stimulation offers hope of relief. The pain management specialists at Goodlife Physical Medicine provide expert spinal cord stimulator trials and implantation at their three locations in Redondo Beach, El Segundo, and Torrance, California. With their help, you could replace constant pain with a pleasant tingling sensation, thanks to spinal cord stimulation. If you live in the Los Angeles area, call the Goodlife Physical Medicine office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Spinal Cord Stimulation Q & A

What is spinal cord stimulation?

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) involves your provider implanting a neurostimulator device that delivers electrical pulses via a tiny wire to the nerves in the thoracic (upper back) area of your spinal cord.

Spinal cord stimulation inhibits pain signals before they reach your brain. Instead, you feel a tingling sensation called paraesthesia.

As a treatment for chronic pain, spinal cord stimulation can work in combination with other approaches or be an effective alternative when other options aren't relieving your pain. You control the degree of pain relief using a remote device.

Technological advances in neurostimulation mean there are now spinal cord stimulation devices that can adapt to your physical activity, delivering personalized stimulation rhythms. There are also MRI compatible devices available that make it safe for you to undergo MRI scans following implantation of the SCS device.

What conditions can spinal cord stimulation treat?

The Goodlife Physical Medicine team uses spinal cord stimulation to treat chronic, treatment-resistant pain in your back, arms, or legs. Some of the conditions for which spinal cord stimulation is most helpful include:

  • Failed back surgery syndrome causing persistent spinal and limb pain
  • Refractory angina pectoris
  • Neuropathic pain secondary to peripheral nerve lesions
  • Radicular pain following cervical spine surgery
  • Trauma-induced peripheral neuropathic pain syndromes
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

Spinal cord stimulation is most successful in treating nerve dysfunction conditions, including neuropathy and pinched nerves.

What is the procedure for spinal cord stimulation implantation?

The pain experts at Goodlife Physical Medicine follow a two-stage implantation protocol:

Screening

A screening test is an opportunity for you to assess the effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation without committing long-term. During your screening test, you have a temporary, external spinal cord stimulation system that you trial for up to seven days.

The spinal cord stimulation screening test gives you a chance to see if the device’s effects cover the entire area affected by chronic pain and if you experience a noticeable relief of your symptoms.

You can also see how you feel about the tingling sensation the stimulation causes. You might find that as the spinal cord stimulator takes effect, you also experience improved function.

Full implantation

The implant procedure at Goodlife Physical Medicine involves a short, minor outpatient surgery. Your provider inserts the spinal cord stimulator under your skin through a small incision in your buttock, along with a lead that goes in the epidural space near your spinal cord.

Spinal cord stimulation is minimally invasive and fully reversible.

Find out more about spinal cord stimulation and if it’s right for you by calling Goodlife Physical Medicine or book an appointment online today.