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Fibromyalgia/Nerve Pain and CRPS

Fibromyalgia

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fibromyalgia affects about 4 million U.S. adults. That equals about 2 percent of the entire U.S. adult population. In addition to torso and facial pain, it can lead to problems sleeping, fatigue, and mental and emotional distress. Most people also experience a rash with blisters.

We can treat fibromyalgia through a multi-faceted, team approach that includes medications, physical therapy, and strategies to help you feel better mentally and physically.

Nerve Pain

Nerve pain of various types can be effectively treated using several different neuromodulation techniques. Neuromodulation directly targets the nervous system with electrical pulses. Several types of implantable devices (stimulators) can be used which alter (modulate) the body’s efforts to send pain signals by sending electrical signals directly to the nerves and changing the way the nerves respond to pain. These devices are implanted using minimally invasive techniques, making neuromodulation a highly effective and safe method of relieving chronic pain.

Types of Neuromodulation:

Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) – Spinal cord stimulators can be used to treat a diverse group of painful conditions, including:

  • Diffuse pain syndromes
  • Headache pain
  • Trigeminal neuralgia (pain in the face)
  • Syndromes that cause foot/hand pain
  • Diabetic neuropathy pain
  • Radiculopathy (pinched nerve in the spine), which results in pain in the neck and lower back that spreads down the arms and legs

Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) – Dorsal Root Ganglion stimulators are a highly targeted treatment alternative to Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS), and are often used to treat:

  • Neuropathic pain (primarily pain from nerve damage or nervous system injury)
  • Chronic pain in lower body – highly targeted treatment of foot, knee or hip pain
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Shingles with nerve pain

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS) – Peripheral nerve stimulators use very small wires to target the specific nerve causing pain. The device is often implanted for 60 days, after which point it is removed and lasting pain relief may be attained. This highly focused treatment options can be used to treat conditions including:

  • Post-amputation pain
  • Postoperative knee pain
  • Chronic shoulder pain
  • Intractable chronic migraine and facial pain
  • Carpal tunnel pain

Our goal is always to offer minimally invasive techniques that provide the most effective care possible for our patients.

Contact us today to request an appointment.