Thrive Pain Management is proud to offer patients suffering from chronic pain with the latest and most advanced pain management device: the Spectra WaveWriter™ Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) System.
SCS uses an implantable medical device to help mask and reduce pain. SCS may be prescribed for chronic intractable pain of the trunk and/or limbs, including unilateral or bilateral pain associated with failed back surgery syndrome, intractable low back pain and leg pain.
The Spectra WaveWriter SCS System is designed to provide pain relief to a wide range of chronic pain patients. It is the first and only system approved by the FDA to simultaneously provide paresthesia-based and sub-perception therapy.
How does SCS work?
SCS may sound complicated, but it’s actually pretty simple. SCS systems have a small implanted pulse generator, called a stimulator, and thin wires called leads. These are implanted into your body. The stimulator delivers tiny pulses of mild electric current through the leads to specific nerves on the spinal cord. These impulses mask pain signals traveling to the brain.
A remote control allows you to turn stimulation on and off, increase and decrease the level of stimulation, and target different pain areas in your body using settings or programs designed specifically for you. This stimulation does not get rid of what’s causing the pain. It changes the way the brain perceives it. SCS therapy may use a gentle tingling or fluttering sensation to replace the pain. Other forms of SCS therapy don’t cause any sensation at all. The amount of pain relief you feel is different for everyone, but the therapy is considered successful if it reduces your pain by at least 50%.
We will install a temporary system to determine if it works for you. If it provides you with the relief you’re after, we will implant a permanent solution.
SCS works by sending mild electrical pulses to the spinal cord to interrupt pain signals. Paresthesia-based therapy provides pain relief with a light tingling sensation while sub-perception therapy works without that sensation. With the Spectra WaveWriter SCS System, patients can choose to combine both of these therapies to target one specific area of pain or use each therapy as needed to best manage multiple areas of pain. Patients provide real-time feedback using the system’s remote control. Together, these features benefit patients by addressing each individual’s unique pain relief needs.
To learn more about SCS and to determine if it is the right treatment option for you, contact us at Thrive Pain Management and learn how we’ve helped patients regain their quality of life.