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October 1, 2020
Spinal cord stimulator (SCS)

A spinal cord stimulator (SCS), also known as a dorsal column stimulator, is a device surgically placed under your skin to send a mild electric current to your spinal cord. This therapy can essentially reduce your pain significantly.

Stimulation does not eliminate the source of pain, it simply interferes with the signal to the brain, therefore, the amount of pain relief varies for each person. The device is first done as a trial before it is placed permanently. The goal for spinal cord stimulation is a 50-70% reduction in pain. However, even a small amount of pain reduction can be significant if it provides you with quality of life and a decrease or elimination of your pain medications.

If the trial is unsuccessful, the implant can be removed and does not damage the spinal cord or change the anatomy.

FDA-approved indications include the following:

1) Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)

2) Chronic painful peripheral neuropathy

3) Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

4) Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) I and II

You may be a candidate for SCS if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conservative therapies have failed
  • Your source of pain has been verified
  • Additional surgery is not an option
  • You are using pain medication or other drugs daily
  • You do not have depression or other psychiatric conditions that contribute to your pain
  • You are medically at high risk
  • You have had a successful trial stimulation
  • *This procedure is performed by Dr. Bannister as an outpatient procedure and is covered by insurance.

    October 1, 2020
    Stem cell therapy is a natural way of treating conditions such as knee pain

    Stem cell therapy is a natural way of treating conditions such as knee pain, shoulder pain and hip pain. This is a minimally invasive, out patient procedure that is performed by Dr. Bannister.

    How it Works:

    Chronic joint pain is usually due to degenerative changes of the bone and soft tissue within the joint. Stem cells have been shown to regenerate the tissue that has been lost due to normal wear and tear.

    How it’s Done:

    Stem cells are harvested from your bone marrow or adipose tissue (usually the abdomen). The cells are then processed and injected into your problem area. Mature stem cells reproduce quickly and can repair damaged joints.

    Discomfort should be minimal, with some localized pain around the injection site.

    Stem Cell Therapy is not currently covered by medical insurance.

    October 1, 2020
    Treatment for back pain

    Treatment for lower back pain depends upon the patient’s history and the type and severity of pain. The majority of lower back pain cases get better within six weeks without surgery.

    Examples of conservative treatment includes:
    – Rest, Ice and or heat
    – Exercise, Physical Therapy and Chiropractic treatment
    – Medications (OTC or prescribed)

    If you continue to have pain despite conservative treatment and you have any of the following diagnoses, we can offer you minimally invasive treatment options:
    – Low back pain
    – Sciatica
    – Spondylolisthesis
    – Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
    – Spinal Stenosis
    – Degenerative Disc Disease
    – Lumbar Facet Arthrosis
    – Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

    Treatment for the above conditions include:
    – Lumbar Epidural (Translaminar vs. Transforaminal)
    – Lumbar Facet Injections
    – Dorsal Column Stimulator Therapy
    – SI Joint Injections
    – Radio Frequency Ablation (For Facet and SI joint problems)
    – Laser Therapy

    A facet rhizotomy injection is a minimally invasive procedure that attempts to relieve neck or back pain associated with facet disease by using an electrical current to ablate local nerve fibers that carry pain signals from the affected joint to the brain. This is performed as a same day, outpatient procedure.