What is it?
The Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation is a non-opioid therapy specifically designed to help manage chronic nerve pain. Similar to the traditional Spinal Cord Stimulation, DRG therapy targets specifics regions of the spinal cord that are transmitting painful signals from your lower limbs to your brain. When these signals pass through the Dorsal Root Ganglion, the stimulation sends mild electrical pulses to the nerves responsible for the painful sensations.
What does it feel like?
By the time the pain signals reach your brain and will manifest as physical pain, they are weakened. Pain interrupting signals are sent out from a battery-operated device called a spinal cord stimulator which a pain doctor implants under the skin. A small wire, equipped with electrodes, delivers mild pulses of electricity to the nerves in the spinal cord. These pulses interfere with pain signals leaving the spine, causing them to be significantly weakened by the time they reach the brain. The patient turns the spinal cord stimulator on and off and adjusts the settings with a handheld remote control unit.
DRG Therapy and Knee Pain
Do you suffer from chronic pain in your knees? The knee area contains multiple nerves. During knee surgery, even with the utmost care, a nerve can be injured. The nerve pain that may develop from this injury if often life-lasting. If your pain has lasted longer than six months, hasn’t been satisfied with other treatment options, and/or impacts your everyday life- you may consider DRG therapy.
Dr. Moore was one of the first physicians certified for DRG therapy in the North Houston area. At Pain Management Center of Houston, we would love to further discuss your condition and your options towards a pain-free life!