Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) Stimulation

Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation

Dorsal root ganglion stimulation can be an effective form of back pain treatment for many of our patients. The dorsal root ganglion (DRG) is a cluster of nerve cells that sits just outside of your spinal canal between two vertebrae, or discs, in your back. This cluster of nerve cells communicates with your nervous system, guiding information that comes from your arms and legs through the spinal cord and onto your brain. The DRG helps you get information such as when you are touching something, whether something is hot or cold, or when you are feeling pain. If the DRG is damaged or irritated, it can create pain that’s not treated through traditional methods. Stimulating the nerves can help block pain signals that are being sent to the brain, providing relief to the patient. This is one of the minimally invasive spine surgery options available in our New Jersey office.

What Conditions Does Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation Treat?

Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation can be an affected back pain treatment for a variety of conditions, the primary one being complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS type 1 and 2). This particular condition can be hard for a spine doctor to treat using methods like medication and physical therapy, so innovative methods such as  DRG stimulation can be extremely helpful. It may also be used to treat:

  • Failed joint replacement of the knees and hips
  • Post-herniorrhaphy pain
  • Foot pain
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Other neuropathic conditions

Who Is A Candidate For Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation?

You might be a good candidate if you:

  • Have tried conservative treatment methods for your back pain with no success
  • Have experienced some degree of back pain relief from medication containing neuropathic agents
  • Have had success with sympathetic nerve blocks but are still experiencing pain
  • Have been through a joint replacement and are experiencing pain from the affected joint (which isn’t being caused by issues with the hardware used in your joint procedure)

A consultation with one of our spinal doctors will help determine whether or not you might be a candidate for dorsal root ganglion stimulation.

What Are The Advantages Of Dorsal Root Ganglion VS Traditional Spinal Cord Stimulation?

There are a number of advantages to this minimally invasive spine surgery, according to a clinical trial. The trial followed two groups of patients who had been diagnosed with CRPS. One group had DRG stimulation while the other had spinal cord stimulation. The trial followed up with the patients at three and 12 months after their procedures. The study found that patients with DRG stimulation experienced superior pain relief and had more improved moods than those who had traditional spinal cord stimulation.

Are You A Good Candidate For Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation?

While there are many considerations if this is the right back pain treatment for you, most individuals who have tried more conservative options without much improvement are candidates.

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