Sufferers of chronic pain, rejoice! New techniques like DRG therapy are helping those who live with chronic pain find relief. DRG, or Dorsal Root Ganglion therapy, is a procedure whereby stimulation can be applied to a specific area of the body. In other words, the Doral Root Ganglion is a cluster of nerve cells in the spinal cord. By stimulating the Dorsal Root Ganglion, doctors can now treat chronic pain in the extremities efficiently and accurately!
DRG stimulation is almost like Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) where a device is placed underneath the skin. The device then sends micro-electric currents to the spinal cord. It is designed so that these micro-currents interfere with pain signals going to the brain, therefore patients would feel relief. However, with SCS, the potential to reach the pain in the extremities was very limited, as the device is sending general electrical currents to the spinal cord as a whole. With DRG therapy, the device is able to target the specific region of the spinal cord that is transmitting the pain to the brain, thus being able to accurately stop the sensation of pain.
Am I Eligible for DRG Therapy?
While only a doctor can successfully evaluate whether DRG therapy is a good option for you, people who meet these certain conditions may benefit from DRG therapy:
- Pain that has lasted for six months or more
- Chronic pain in the extremities, i.e. foot, knee, hip
- Limited relief from traditional techniques
What If DRG Doesn’t Work?
Unlike some other treatments, the device to provide DRG therapy can be easily removed, therefore providing a temporary relief to pain.
DRG at Pain Specialists of Austin
DRG therapy started at Pain Specialists of Austin with Dr. Pankaj Mehta, MD. Dr. Mehta is a board-certified anesthesiologist trained at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed his pain fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Interventional Pain. Dr. Mehta has gained national recognition for his contributions to pain medicine, and was one of the 47 doctors in the world selected to train in the procedure! Ever since, Dr. Mehta has given lectures around the country training pain management specialists on the procedures, as well as our own doctors here at Pain Specialists of Austin.
If you, or someone you know is dealing with chronic pain and you think DRG therapy may be right for you, schedule an appointment with Pain Specialists of Austin today! With Dr. Vivek Mahendru as our medical director and founder, at Pain Specialists of Austin, we strive to be on the cutting edge of new medical developments!
Call us at (855) 876-7246 to schedule an appointment and see how Pain Specialists of Austin can help you manage your pain.