Neuromodulation technology alters abnormal neural behavior in the brain, spine, or peripheral nerves to relieve pain or restore normal function or bodily control.
Nerve stimulation is typically administered with a variety of pharmaceutical agents, electrical signals, or other forms of energy. Neuromodulation devices and treatments are life changing. They have an effect on each space of the body and treat nearly every malady or symptom from headaches, tremors, spinal cord damage, and urinary incontinence. This minimally invasive procedure is typically suggested as supplementary care in conjunction with another treatment, or when symptoms don’t respond to more conservative measures.
Neurostimulation devices involve the application of electrodes to the brain, the spinal cord or peripheral nerves. They connect via an extension cable to a pulse generator and power supply that generates the required electrical stimulation. A low-tension electrical current passes from the generator to the nerve and might either inhibit pain signals or stimulate neural impulses wherever they were not present previously.
Neuromodulation approaches vary from non-invasive techniques like transcranial magnetic stimulation to implanted devices, such as spinal cord stimulation or deep brain stimulation. The device is considered a long-term solution to your on-going symptoms, and is therefore normally a permanent implant.
The most common neuromodulation treatment is spinal cord stimulation for chronic neuropathic pain. In addition to chronic pain relief, alternative neuromodulation treatments have been shown to help aid patients experiencing tremors, Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, epilepsy and disorders like depression, obsessional compulsive disorder and Tourette syndrome.
After the Procedure
While recovery normally takes about a week, the exact amount of time required to recover from these treatments will depend upon several patient-specific factors. It’s always best to check with your neuromodulation team for the most accurate estimation.
Watch this short video below to learn more about one such procedure.