We've seen a major breakthrough in treating people who are suffering from neuropathic pain – surgical neuromodulation. What is this relatively new technique?
Neuromodulation is the procedure used for treating pain that has no underlying structural cause. Electrodes are implanted in part of the central nervous system, either in the brain or spinal cord. The electrodes are connected to a small battery that’s also implanted in the body, like a pacemaker. This battery sends out signals, which have been programmed by your doctor, to block the pain signals sent out by the nervous system. “We basically jam the circuit, so pain signals can’t get through to the brain,” states Dr. Nirit Weiss. Dr. Weiss is an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Mount Sinai who has performed 300 neuromodulation procedures for the treatment of debilitating, chronic pain over the past five years. She has seen amazing results.
Not even sure what neuropathic pain is? Basically, it's pain that just doesn't go away. Though it can strike anyone at any age, neuropathic pain tends to affect people in their 30s and 40s. This chronic pain is mainly in the form of headaches and low-back pain. It causes 60% of all missed workdays. If you are continuing to see your doctor for unexplained pain that just won't go away, ask if you could have neuropathic pain syndrome? You might also ask if you should be referred to a pain-managment doctor or a neurosurgeon for further examination. If you are missing an inordinate amount of work while you are not feeling well and trying to get a diagnosis, and are not sure whether or not you are eligible for workers' compensation benefits, feel free to call Markhoff & Mittman at 1-866-205-2425 for a FREE consultation with one of our attorneys or complete our form and an attorney will contact you.