Spinal Cord Pain Battery

Most people suffer from back and neck pains. There is a group of people who cannot get rid of the pain despite having undergone multiple lumbar hernia surgeries. Spine-associated pains are felt in the neck and back region, primarily in the lower back. While these pains may start suddenly and severely (for example within the last six weeks), they may persist at medium intensity for many years.

There are also idiopathic pains.

Pain in the back and neck regions are usually caused by muscle spasms in these regions, calcification in various joints (facet joints) and disc hernias. While these pains may begin after an activity or trauma, they may emerge without an apparent cause. People with weak back and abdominal muscles due to mental and emotional stress, sedentary work and lifestyles are under more risk for lower back and neck pains.

Interventional treatments

If sudden and persistent back and neck pains don't diminish despite physical therapy or if surgical correction is not considered necessary, interventional pain treatment options are considered. Injection (cortisone) and radiofrequency treatment can be performed on the facet joint that causes pain in the waist and neck region or to the nerve roots affected by herniation. In recent years, radiofrequency treatment (pulsed radiofrequency current application) to waist and neck nerve roots has been accepted as more effective than injection treatment and provides long-term (at least 2 years) relief from pain and is preferred because it doesn't cause tissue damage.

Battery pain control

Another important group of patients are patients whose pain is not relieved despite multiple neck and back surgeries. Some patients experience severe leg and waist pains due to some adhesions in the spinal canal following waist and neck hernia surgeries. These patients have to undergo repeated waist surgeries since their pain doesn't disappear after lumbar hernia surgeries. Every lumbar hernia surgery can cause a new adhesion and further increase the pain.

Spinal cord stimulation

If some treatment methods such as pain-based treatments, physical therapy, medications, etc. don't resolve the problem, the appropriate treatment method is spinal cord stimulation. Also called spine pain battery, an electrode is placed in the patient's spinal canal, and its terminal is connected to a current generator (pain battery). The current generated by the battery is transmitted to the spinal cord through the electrode, which prevents the transmission of pain to the brain. With this highly effective method, patients can control their back and neck pain by activating the battery on their own.

Spinal Cord Battery Application in Vascular Occlusion

Patients with wounds and pain in their hands and feet due to vascular occlusion, especially Buerger's disease patients, benefit from the contribution of spinal cord battery to vascular dilatation and wound healing. Furthermore, it reduces the pain caused by severe vascular occlusion.

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