Advanced SCS Techniques From
Long Island Pain Relief Specialists
All of us occasionally suffer from backaches or leg aches because of fatigue, overuse, or stress. If the pain does not go away after a few minutes of rest and a mild analgesic over-the-counter pain reliever, or the discomfort persists for more than three months, it is probably time to consider spinal cord stimulation as a way to escape this chronic pain. SCS has produced proven results for over four decades, and recent innovations, such as DRG stimulation, have made a good thing even better.
With all the options now available, including the St. Jude Burst, it’s more important than ever to discuss your pain with doctors who take the time to listen to you and learn about you situation in life, and that’s how the Board Certified specialists at PIOLI approach every single patient encounter, whether it’s an in-office visit or a followup telephone call. Over the years, we’ve repeatedly discovered that a few extra minutes of our time often results in off-the-chart results for our patients.
The St. Jude Burst Difference
Most SCS devices use tonic stimulation, or evenly-spaced mild energy emissions that impede the connection between nerve endings and the brain to effectively block pain transmission signals. Well over half of patients find long-lasting pain relief from conventional SCS.
But as we all know, no device is perfect. Tonic stimulation is not always 100 percent effective, and it often causes unwanted side-effects, such as paresthesia (a mild buzzing sensation).
Researchers and practitioners at St. Jude Medical were among the first to understand that SCS therapy may be even more efficient, and have fewer side-effects, if it took advantage of the two types of neural pathways instead of only the straight-line path, and a burst pattern would accomplish this objective.
The result is the St. Jude Burst, which according to some studies is over 50 percent more effective than standard tonic stimulation.
Some SCS Devices We Use
PIOLI doctors stay on the leading edge of pain relief treatments, and only the most advanced devices can support HF 10 and these other techniques. Our doctors have had tremendous success with a number of devices, including:
- Proclaim™ Elite: This recharge-free device is fully compatible with burst stimulation and other advanced SCS methods. It’s also wireless compatible and very easy to operate.
- Prodigy MRI™ IPG: An implantable pulse generator is the core of any SCS system, and this device is one of the most reliable and smallest ones available.
- St. Jude Medical™ Invisible Trial System: While it’s not right for all patients, the ITS combines some of the best features of both the other devices.
The St. Jude Burst and other advanced SCS methods are proven effective in cases involving:
Thanks to recent innovations like the St. Jude Burst, SCS is now more effective than ever before. Our pain relief specialists have received additional training in all these methods and even serve as consultants to other physicians as well, so you can trust us to manage your discomfort. The healing starts when you call 631-474-0707 or email us to schedule your initial examination.