When to Consider a Pain Pump

When to Consider a Pain Pump

If you suffer from chronic pain, you’ve probably tried everything to get relief, including some pretty strong — potentially addictive — oral pain medication. But in addition to the inherent dangers of the drugs, by the time a pill gets through your digestive tract, it’s lost some of its potency. There’s a safer, more effective way to get relief.

A pain pump, also called an intrathecal pain pump, delivers medication directly to the nerves in your spinal cord that are sending pain messages to your brain. This implanted, invisible device delivers controlled low doses of medication so you can cut back on oral meds and enjoy sustained relief. If this sounds good, and you want to know where to sign up, we understand.

Our team of pain management specialists at Regency Pain & Therapy Institute in Mansfield, Texas works with people throughout the state looking for relief from chronic pain, but the pain pump isn’t for everybody. Here’s a look at who can benefit from a pain pump.

Good candidates for a pain pump

The pain pump is never considered a first-line treatment option. We always try more conservative methods first. Often, physical therapy, which may include ultrasound, heat and cold treatments, electrical stimulation, manual joint mobilization, and targeted stretches and exercises is the best course of action for many painful injuries and chronic conditions.

If and when these fail, it may be time to consider a pain pump, a medication-containing reservoir we surgically implant under the skin in your abdomen. A small catheter delivers the medication straight to your spine. You may be a good candidate if:

If you meet these criteria, we start with a trial to determine whether an implanted pain pump will work for you. By injecting the medication directly into your spine, we can find out which type of medication brings you relief and which dosage is best for you. If you experience at least 50% pain relief, we consider it a successful trial and move forward with the pain pump implantation.

Types of conditions that respond well to the pain pump

Pain pumps help people suffering from a wide array of pain sources, including:

If you’re suffering from one of these conditions, you’ve likely been taking medications to help relieve your pain, and you may be concerned about dependency and side effects. A pain pump can deliver more efficient relief with a much smaller dose, fewer side effects, and reduced risk of addiction. It also means you no longer have to remember to take your pain pills. 

Who should not consider a pain pump

While the pain pump can be a life-changing treatment for many people, it’s not for everyone. We don’t recommend this device for anyone who has an active infection that could affect the pump, has cancer that has or could block the spinal space, or has an allergy to the medication used in the pump. 

If you want to learn more about the pain pump and find out if it can work on your chronic pain, schedule a consultation today by calling us at 817-435-1642.

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