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Non-Surgical Spinal Cord Stimulation For Pain From Stenosis and Sciatica
By George W Kukurin, DC, DACAN

George W Kukurin, DC, DACANThe spinal cord is the major electrical conduit from the body to the brain. When tissues are damaged in the body, let's say from sciatica or spinal stenosis, the pain signals sent by damaged tissues are carried up to the brain by the spinal cord. If these signals don't make it to the brain, we don't feel the pain in our body.

Neuroscientists have known for years that these signals can be blocked at the spinal cord level with electrical impulses to relieve pain. The technique called dorsal column stimulation, when done correctly can block pain signals without blocking other important signals that are essential for the body to function properly.

Doral column stimulators have been successfully used to block the pain of sciatica, stenosis and even can relieve pain in patients who have had back surgery that did not work successfully to relieve a patient's pain. This is how they work.

Spinal cord stimulators are like the pacer makers used to keep the heart in rhythm. Instead of connecting the device to your heart, the device is connected to the dorsal column of the spinal cord. When the dorsal columns are activated by the spinal cord stimulator, pain is reduced or eliminated. That is the good news.

The down side of these stimulators is they require surgery and permanent implantation of electrodes and batteries inside of the body.

However researchers from Europe have demonstrated that the spinal cord may be stimulated without surgery using a special type of electrical current and with electrodes placed precisely over the back and abdomen. This techniques is called transcutaneous (meaning no surgery) spinal stimulation. We have used it on a number of our patients suffering from spinal stenosis and sciatica with some dramatic results.

Even though this technique can block spinal cord transmission of pain signal, it however does not decompress the nerves in the lower back. For that we use non-surgical spinal decompression. By combining the actual decompression with spinal cord stimulation, most of our patients can avoid surgery and injection for their symptoms of stenosis and sciatica.

Dr. George W. Kukurin, Kukurin Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Nutrition, can be reached at (412) 381-4453 or visit www.alt-compmed.com.

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