Spinal Cord Stimulation Specialist

Evolution Pain and Spine

Interventional Pain Management Physician located in League City, TX & Lake Jackson, TX

If you have nerve damage in your spine or chronic pain, you might benefit from spinal cord stimulation. Sunil Thomas, MD, a double board-certified interventional pain management and physical medicine specialist, offers spinal cord stimulation at Evolution Pain and Spine in League City, Lake Jackson and Sugarland, Texas. You don’t have to live with back or nerve pain, call Evolution Pain and Spine or schedule a consultation online today.

Spinal Cord Stimulation Q&A

What is spinal cord stimulation?

Spinal cord stimulation is an innovative neuromodulation treatment to reduce or eliminate chronic pain.

The therapy involves an implantable device with an electrode that delivers a mild electrical current to your spine. The current disrupts pain signals before they can travel to your brain. 

Spinal cord stimulation provides significant relief, which allows patients to get physical therapy and recover. It can help you avoid surgery and restore your mobility and quality of life. 

What conditions improve with spinal cord stimulation?

Dr. Thomas at Evolution Pain and Spine might recommend spinal cord stimulation if you have:

  • Neuropathy
  • Failed back surgery
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Chronic back or joint pain that’s affecting your mental health

Spinal cord stimulation can often provide relief when other treatments have failed. Additionally, if a nerve block temporarily relieved your pain, spinal cord stimulation offers long-lasting results. 

What is the process for getting spinal cord stimulation?

There are two phases of spinal cord stimulator implantation. The first phase is a trial, and the second is permanent implantation. 

Dr. Thomas completes both phases with minimally invasive surgical procedures. During phase one, Dr. Thomas provides a local anesthetic and uses fluoroscopy to guide a thin, hollow needle into your spine. 

He then slides the electrode through the needles and into your spine. He attaches the electrode to a power generator that you wear in a pouch attached to your belt or around your neck. 

Phase one lasts for around a week and allows Dr. Thomas to see that the spinal cord stimulator relieves your pain and adjust the settings as needed. 

Then, in phase two, Dr. Thomas permanently implants the device in your back. While you have local or regional anesthesia, he implants the power generator in your lower back and creates a narrow tunnel to attach the electrode in your spine to the power source. 

Although these procedures are minimally invasive, you still need a friend or family member to drive you home.

How do I know if spinal cord stimulation is right for me?

Dr. Thomas provides comprehensive exams and tests to identify the best method to relieve your pain. He reviews your medical history, lifestyle, and symptoms and learns about any other treatments you’ve tried in the past. 

If you’re interested in spinal cord stimulation, Dr. Thomas can answer your questions and explain the treatment in more detail. 

Call Evolution Pain and Spine or make an appointment online today to find out how spinal cord stimulation can relieve your pain.