The Next Step in
Spinal Cord Stimulation
In the traditional SCS method, doctors place leads in several different spinal cord regions, and that is very effective in many cases. However, and especially if conventional SCS did not meet expectations, focusing on the dorsal root ganglion may produce better and more longer-lasting results. This innovative procedure is approved by the FDA and it has been field-tested by St. Jude doctors.
Before they even suggest a treatment protocol, particularly something as cutting edge as DRG stimulation, the meticulous and patient doctors at the Pain Institute of Long Island sit down with you to better understand your life situation, as well as the pain you deal with, because no two patients embark on the same treatment plan even if they have similar conditions. The extra time we take is definitely an investment, but this investment almost inevitably pays off in the form of better results after treatment is complete.
DRG Stimulation vs. Conventional SCS
About 90 million people deal with chronic back or neck pain almost every day. Many of them find substantial relief after spinal cord stimulation therapy. SCS is essentially a “pacemaker for pain” that uses very mild electrical pulses to replace pain messages with paresthesia (a pleasant tingling feeling).
But SCS is associated with some significant drawbacks, as many patients report unmet expectations, continued pain, unwanted paresthesia, and decreased relief over time.
The DRG has one of the largest nerve bundles in the entire back region. So, by focusing on this area, doctors can engender better results. In fact, in one study, over a third of DRG stimulation patients experienced near total, and near paresthesia-free, pain relief a full twelve months after the procedure.
What Does DRG Stimulation Treat?
Ironically, the focused precision of DRG stimulation allows PIOLI pain management specialists to better address a wide array of conditions that cause pain in different parts of the body, including:
DRG stimulation can also manage or eliminate pain due to lumbar radiculopathy, lumbar stenosis, and degenerative disc disease.
DRG stimulation targets the nerves that trigger pain messages so you can get back to living life. To better serve you, PIOLI operates three Institute on Long Island that attract patients from across New York City and beyond. To find out for yourself why our specialists mean so much to so many people, call 631-474-0707 or email us to schedule your initial examination.