Chronic Pain is Still One of the Most Common Disorders in the United States
Decatur, Texas (News4us.com) August 17, 2011
Leading experts, North Texas Spine and Sport, announced that they will continue to implement the use of Spinal Cord Stimulation as one of it’s modalities added to a deep technological arsenal for combating chronic pain.
Chronic pain has long headed the medical list as one of the most common disorders in the United States and costs the American Public close to $61.2 billion every year.
A study by The Journal of the American Medical Association showed the cost of chronic pain did not include the massive amount of productivity lost, due to employees in pain having to take time off work.
Dr. Chad B. Stephens, D.O., at North Texas Spine and Sport (NTSS) is a leading pain management and sports medicine physician that uses Spinal Cord Stimulator technology to help patients manage their pain.
This medical technology sends electrical impulses to trigger nerve fibers selectively along the spinal cord, masking the pain messages traveling to the brain.
When this happens, the painful sensation is replaced with a soothing, tingling sensation.
The beauty of this procedure is that the patient’s ability to try or “test drive” an external version of the SCS device to see if spinal cord stimulation is an effective treatment for their pain.
As Dr. Stephens explains,“Our goal at North Texas Spine and Sport is to help the patient significantly lower the need for medication”. “I believe in the benefits of this particular procedure.
Spinal Cord Stimulation basically tricks the brain into interpreting pain differently. It works directly on the slow acting nerves which is what carries the chronic pain to the brain.
By interrupting the signal with slow and steady electrical impulses that actually cause a low tingling sensation, rather than pain, which is obviously much more tolerable.”
North Texas Spine and Sport offers a variety of treatment options designed to address virtually any type of pain condition.
For more information on pain management treatment options contact North Texas Spine and Sport at: 940.627.6201 or visit their web site at http://www.NorthTexasSpineandSport.com
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