Your back and neck are very sensitive. Most people are probably aware of this from their experiences with back or neck pain. It does not take much to injure these locations. Even slight discomfort can turn into larger injuries if patient’s do not take the correct actions and precautions. Patient’s may wrongly be under the impression that chronic pain in these regions is curable by major surgery only. While this may be true in serious instances, there are many alternatives. An evaluation by one of our medical professionals is the first step in learning if you are eligible for alternative treatments.
Major neck and back surgery should be a last resort for pain management. Professionals acknowledge that major surgery as a way to manage pain is fairly uncommon. It is usually only considered after all other options have been exhausted. However, we offer several alternatives, including Spinal Cord Stimulators and Regenerative Medicine.
What are the Alternatives?
Spinal Cord Stimulation:
Since 1967, Doctors have been offering spinal cord stimulation as a treatment for chronic pain. The treatments available have drastically improved since then, with the newest technology being BurstDR Stimulation by St. Jude Medical. While traditional stimulators still work in most cases, BurstDR offers a unique approach to treating chronic pain.
St. Jude’s physicians studied the brain and how it copes with pain. Through research they were able to mimic natural patterns found in the brain.¹ Thus, BurstDR stimulation offers doctor’s the ability to address both “physical pain and the way it affects you emotionally.” Patients are living pain free and improving their daily activities each day thanks to BurstDR.
Can Spinal Cord Stimulation Help My Back and Spine?
Since stimulators, and BurstDR in particular, target brain waves in order to alter the way the brain perceives pain, they alleviate pain from virtually all locations. Most commonly, BurstDR is used to help patients with neuropathic pain. This form of pain is usually found in the limbs, buttocks, hips, back, abdomen, and neck. Some patients report stabbing, cutting, or piercing pain. However, it is typically a burning, shooting, stinging, or tingling “pins and needles” type of sensation.
We offer two forms of regenerative medicine at our facilities: platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and bone marrow concentrate (BMC) therapy. Both treatments are nonsurgical injections that use the patient’s own blood and stem cells to help alleviate pain and cure the injured site.
Both PRP and BMC begin with a pain specialist drawing blood from the patient. Once the sample is removed, the doctor places the sample in a centrifuge where it is spun to separate the various blood layers (red and white blood cells, platelets, plasma, etc.). Once the new sample is centrifuged and separated, the doctor will inject it back into the injured area.
A normal injection is usually around 20 minutes per treatment. With the normal injury usually requires 1 to 3 injections while more severe injuries may require more. Typically, these forms of regenerative medicine heals the injected area over a span of one to three months. However, these results will vary on a patient-to-patient basis.
Can Regenerative Medicine Help My Back and Spine?
Depending on the severity of your injuries, regenerative medicine should be able to help your pain. Both PRP and BMC injections have been shown to help the following back and neck injuries:
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Back Pain
- Chronic Pain Syndrome
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Lower Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Upper Back Pain
If your are in pain and believe you may need back or neck surgery, please contact us for an evaluation and consultation. With a pain specialist, you will learn more about alternatives that may suit you. Please call us at 201-729-0001 to see if spinal cord stimulation and regenerative therapy is right for you. We offer weekday and weekend appointments. You can find our clinics in West Orange, Aberdeen, and Lyndhurst.