• Dorsal Column Stimulators (DCS)

    Spinal Cord Stimulation is a relatively non-invasive surgical procedure that involves stimulation of nerves in the spinal cord by placing electrodes in the space above the epidural space. Dr. Ring uses SCS as a treatment for chronic pain of the trunk and/or limbs. SCS is preformed after less invasive treatment options such as medications, physical therapy, epidural steroid injections or nerve blocks have been attempted. A SCS trial is inserted for 3 days to determine the efficacy of spinal cord stimulation. If the trial stimulator works well for the patient, a permanent system is placed. The receiver or power source is implanted under the skin on your abdomen or buttocks. The power source is small and can not be seen underneath the patients clothing. After the system is in place, the settings are checked to make sure they are at the right level for the patient.

    Dr. Ring recently implanted the first peripheral nerve stimulator for the relief of occipital neuralgia, a severe headache, in Hobart, Indiana. He will continue to utilize spinal cord stimulation to improve functionality and reduce pain. Dr. Ring has used dorsal column stimulators effectively for the treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), diabetic neuropathy, phantom limb pain, occipital neuralgia, radiculopathy, failed back syndrome, and other painful syndromes.

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