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