spine healthChronic, constant pain is a problem for many people all around the world. It doesn’t matter if you’re young, old or perhaps somewhere in the middle. Chronic pain can make dealing with daily life and all of its responsibilities difficult. People looking for different avenues of pain management should seek professional advice as new and novel treatment options become available.

One such new options is microstimulators. This is an innovative technical solutions that can assist people who suffer from chronic pain.

There are many health conditions that can lead to significant pain issues. Examples include degenerative disc disease, rheumatoid arthritis, post-herpetic neuralgia, sciatica, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and beyond. Migraines can be severe that they can often stop people from continuing their everyday activities.

Often, the management plan involves physical therapy, targeted medications and interventional procedures. Later approaches can involve use of programmed stimulators.

There are multiple types of stimulators that have been effective in managing chronic pain. Until now, all of them involved inserting an electrode array onto the spinal cord. This is then connected to an implanted generator. Patients are given a remote control to change the parameters on the generator.

Newer, microstimulators can be placed with a minimally invasive technique at the painful areas close to a nerve or other targeted areas. The generator does not need to be implanted as a programmed external unit clipped into clothing can remotely be controlled. This avoids the need for extensive, invasive surgery that was the hallmark of previous, so-called central or spinal cord stimulators.

At the Pain and Spine Center, Dr. Akhtar Purvez offers this and many other minimally invasive approaches for chronic pain management. He is an experienced interventional pain physician and offers multiple approaches for pain management. He was trained at the prestigious University of Virginia and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Purvez has been affiliated with ASRA (American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, SIS (the Spine Intervention Society) and ASIPP (the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians). He was a clinical adjunct professor at Lincoln Memorial University. He has taught interns, residents, and other physicians and frequently speaks on radio, television, and in print media. His new self-help book is under publication. He has been managing chronic pain patients in Virginia and surrounding areas for more than a decade.

If you would like to discuss this and other options that may be available to help you with your chronic pain, please contact us today.