Spinal Cord Stimulation Specialist

Joseph Cabaret, MD

Interventional Pain Specialist & Addiction Medicine Specialist located in Camarillo, CA

Advanced therapies like spinal cord stimulation (SCS) offer innovative solutions for chronic pain symptoms. Joseph A. Cabaret, MD, in Camarillo, California, is a board-certified interventional pain specialist with expertise in treatments like spinal cord stimulation. If you’re suffering from chronic pain, call Dr. Cabaret or schedule an appointment online to learn more about spinal cord stimulation and relieve your pain today.

Spinal Cord Stimulation Q & A

What is spinal cord stimulation (SCS)?

SCS is an interventional pain management therapy that involves mild electrical stimulation.

The theory behind a spinal cord stimulator is similar to a cardiac pacemaker. Dr. Cabaret implants a device near your spine with the goal of blocking or modifying nerve activity along the spinal column. The disrupted nerve activity reduces pain sensations before they reach your brain.

The benefits of spinal cord stimulation may include:

  • Reduced pain medication and opioid use
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved function
  • Increased mobility and activity

Unlike back surgery, SCS is tested through a nonsurgical trial first to see if it manages your pain. SCS is also a reversible interventional pain management procedure.

How does spinal cord stimulation therapy work?

During your SCS trial, Dr. Cabaret inserts thin wires near your spine that connect to an external transmitter. You’ll wear the external transmitter for approximately one week to see if your pain changes.

The current from the pulse generator is carried to the nerve fibers of the spinal cord by the small wires. When enabled, the SCS stimulates the nerves where your pain is felt and then masks the pain signals before they can reach your brain.

If you have a positive response to the SCS trial, Dr. Cabaret implants the transmitter under your skin.

Who is a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation?

If you have had chronic pain that is debilitating for more than three months in your head, neck, back, arms, or legs, you may be a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation.

Dr. Cabaret reviews your individual history to evaluate the most effective course of treatment option for your pain, but you may be a good candidate for SCS if you:

  • Haven’t responded to conservative therapies
  • Have pain caused by a problem that cannot be corrected
  • Would not want or benefit from additional surgery
  • Have a history of opioid addiction or want to avoid opioid use

What conditions respond to spinal cord stimulation?

Many types of pain respond to SCS, but some of the most common conditions are:

  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Chronic neck or back pain
  • Chronic leg (sciatica) or arm pain
  • Arachnoiditis

If you like the idea of a spinal cord stimulation trial to see if it can help manage your pain, call Dr. Cabaret, or schedule your appointment online.