It has been known for a long time that spinal cord stimulation for the lumbar spine is an excellent last resort treatment for pain relief. What has not been known is how well spinal cord stimulation works for chronic neck pain when the patient is no longer a candidate for surgery.
A recent study that was presented at the North American Neuromodulation Society showed that spinal cord stimulation for chronic neck pain in fact does work very well. Two large multicenter trials were performed and included over 600 patients. 38 patients ended up receiving the spinal cord stimulator implant in the neck. The diagnoses of the patients were varied, and included RSD, failed spine surgery syndrome, chronic radiculopathy, degenerative disc disease and failed neck disc surgery syndrome.
Patients were evaluated at multiple time points up to a year. By the six-month time frame, pain relief was at 60% while at the one year point rose to 67%. Over 60% reported good to excellent pain relief at all time points. Of note, this is extremely similar to the results obtained with lumbar spinal cord stimulation.
Only one person in the whole study described her pain relief as poor with a stimulator. Disability index scores were also significantly reduced and patient quality-of-life was dramatically improved at all time points evaluated. At the one year time point, three fourths of individuals said they would undergo the procedure again and would also recommend the procedure to others with chronic neck pain who had no surgical options.
This study fills a large gap in the treatment for chronic neck pain that has failed considerable treatment including surgery. These individuals often have to rely on hefty doses of narcotics and significant disability. With spinal cord stimulation for chronic neck pain, patients may be able to get back to work, decrease the amount of narcotics necessary for relief and increase their social lives and ability to play with their kids and pets.
If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic, disabling neck pain in Florida, help is available. The Florida Pain Network connects those in pain with Florida pain clinics all over the state. The Network includes pain clinics in Ocala, pain management Fort Myers, Orlando pain clinics, W. Palm Beach and many more.
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