Spinal Cord Stimulator Specialist

Headache & Pain Center, AMC

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Gray, LA & New Iberia, LA

If you struggle with chronic pain, a spinal cord stimulator can help you achieve long-term relief. At Headache & Pain Center, AMC, in Gray and New Iberia, Louisiana, the team offers HF10® therapy, an innovative spinal cord stimulation system that’s effective for both back and leg pain. Led by board-certified pain management specialists Jimmy Ponder Jr., MD, and Adolfo Cuadra, MD, the team has extensive experience diagnosing and treating all types of pain. To find out if spinal cord stimulation is right for you, book your appointment by phone or online today.

Spinal Cord Stimulator Q & A

What is a spinal cord stimulator?

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a well-known treatment proven to help patients struggling with chronic pain. The spinal cord stimulator is a small device that consists of several electrodes and a small battery pack. 

During a brief procedure, your doctor uses an X-ray or ultrasound to place the electrodes between your spinal cord and the battery back beneath your skin. 

The spinal cord stimulator sends out low-level electrical pulses that disrupt the pain signals in your spine. The device is controlled by a remote control that allows you to activate these electrical pulses whenever you feel pain. 

SCS is a safe and effective treatment that offers patients a reliable and long-term solution to their chronic pain. 

Am I a good candidate for a spinal cord stimulator?

Spinal cord stimulation isn’t right for everyone. SCS is typically recommended when other forms of nonsurgical treatment have failed. SCS is appropriate for a number of different painful conditions, including:

  • Back pain
  • Heart or chest pain
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Nerve pain

Before recommending SCS, your doctor performs a thorough examination, including a physical exam and imaging tests. 

Depending on your condition, your pain management specialist may perform a number of advanced diagnostics like an X-ray, MRI, or bone densitometry. Your doctor uses your examination to determine if SCS is right for you. 

What are the benefits of HF10 therapy?

HF10 therapy is an advanced SCS system that offers a number of benefits over traditional SCS. HF10 has a very high success rate for a wide range of conditions including chronic leg and back pain. HF10 has an extended battery life (10-plus years) and requires little to no daily usage of the SCS remote. 

Traditional SCS often replaces painful symptoms with a tingling sensation that many patients find discomforting. HF10 offers you effective pain relief without the tingling. You can also test the system during a temporary trial period to decide if it’s right for you. 

HF10 therapy is a cutting-edge treatment that provides long-term pain relief without the side effects or inconveniences of traditional SCS. To learn more, call Headache & Pain Center, AMC, or book your appointment online today.