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Spinal Cord Stimulation Specialist

Daniel Loder, MD

Pain Management & Orthobiologic Treatment located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA, & Torrance, CA

When conservative medical care and interventional injections fail to relieve your pain, you may be a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation. The skilled team of Daniel Loder, MD, offers spinal cord stimulation, an innovative treatment that delivers a broad reduction in pain over multiple body areas. If you suffer from ongoing pain, schedule an appointment by calling one of the Los Angeles area offices in Beverly Hills, Torrance, or Manhattan Beach, California, or using the online booking feature.

Spinal Cord Stimulation

What is spinal cord stimulation?

Spinal cord stimulation uses mild electrical pulses to alleviate pain. The pulses block or mask nerve signals carrying pain messages to your brain. When your brain doesn’t get the message, you won’t feel the pain, even though the condition is still there.

Spinal cord stimulation doesn’t produce optimal results in every person. When it’s successful, however, you can experience significant pain relief.

What conditions may benefit from spinal cord stimulation?

Sensory nerves that carry pain signals to your brain must go through the spinal cord. Since spinal cord stimulation targets spinal nerves, this treatment can relieve pain from all parts of your body and due to any cause.

Your provider at the office of Daniel Loder, MD, may recommend spinal cord stimulation for multiple causes of back pain and neck pain, as well as a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Sciatica
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer pain
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Failed back surgery
  • Complex regional pain syndrome

Spinal cord stimulation also improves ongoing pain following a joint replacement.

How does a spinal cord stimulator work?

Spinal cord stimulators consist of three parts. Here’s how they work together to reduce pain:

Pulse generator

The pulse generator, implanted under your skin, is a small, programmable device that produces the electrical pulses.

Lead wires

Lead wires contain electrodes that deliver the electrical pulses to the targeted nerves in your spinal cord. Your provider gently threads the wires through the epidural space along your spine, placing the electrodes next to the nerves sending your pain signals.

Remote control

You have a hand-held remote control that adjusts the generator’s settings and turns the device on and off.

How do I know if a spinal cord stimulator can relieve my pain?

You have a seven-day trial period to learn if the device effectively relieves your pain. Your provider inserts the lead wires, but during the trial, you wear the generator around your waist. At the end of a week, you decide if you have enough pain relief to keep the device.

Am I a good candidate for a spinal cord stimulator?

You need to meet certain qualifications to get a spinal cord stimulator. You should:

  • Have a successful trial
  • Have pain for at least three months
  • Have pain despite conservative treatments such as injections
  • Have a successful psychological evaluation
  • Be unwilling or unable to have surgery
  • Be unwilling to continuously take medications
  • Not have an untreated drug addiction
  • Not wear a pacemaker

To learn if you’re a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation, call Daniel Loder, MD, or book an appointment online.