A Spinal Cord Stimulator may be your best bet when it comes to a noninvasive procedure for your lower back relief. 

A spinal cord stimulator is an implanted device that sends low levels of electricity directly into the spinal cord to relieve pain; what You Need to Know: Spinal cord stimulation is used most often after nonsurgical pain treatment options have failed to provide sufficient relief.

SPINAL CORD STIMULATOR

Thank you Dr. Franklin, Shelly, and all for being kind, gentle and making me feel important. I have experienced great relief. It is the first time I can not only walk, but get out of bed without great pain in over a year. You are the best.

Amy Silberberg

I have been seeing Dr. Williams for years for a back injury. During that time he has helped me to be able to function at work and be there with my family. A previous doctor I saw just handed out painkillers. Which is fine if you can sit at home all day. I however appreciate the other options that allow me to function in my life without being drugged up.

Michael Morgan

Had so much pain in my lower back . Got a spinal stimulator put in and no more pain .Dr. Williams is is the man. One great Dr!

Roy Hite

Neuromodulation

The neuromodulation team at Agape Pain Management and Lifestyle Center includes specialized physicians like Dr. Franklin, who trained at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania in both Occupational Medicine and Interventional Pain Management. Her special interests include Neuromodulation, Minimally Invasive Spine and Musculoskeletal Pain.

What is a spinal cord stimulator?

It is an implantable device used to treat chronic pain, Complex regional pain syndrome, Post‐laminectomy syndrome and pain resulting from failed back surgery.  

How is the procedure done?

This is done as an outpatient procedure by your trained physician.  There will be a trial done to see if this device will benefit you.  For the trial the leads are inserted through a needle using fluoroscopy (X‐ray) and placed into the epidural space. The leads are then connected to the external battery pack.  The trial will last 3‐7 days.  If the trial is effective for you will then be implanted with a permanent spinal cord stimulator.  The permanent spinal cord stimulator leads are place in the epidural space the same way as the trial, but the leads will be anchored and the battery will be placed under the skin.  

What is the epidural space?

The epidural space is the space between the spinal cord and vertebral wall.  

 

What is required by the insurances prior to this procedure?

There must be a recent MRI or CT, 6 months to 1 year of clinical evaluation, 2‐3 failed epidural steroid injections or facet injections and all insurances require a psychological clearance prior to considering any patient for this procedure.