DRG Therapy

Chicagoland Pain Management

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Bolingbrook, IL & Hinsdale, IL

If you have chronic pain that isn’t responding to treatment, the specialist physicians at Chicagoland Pain Management in Bolingbrook and Hinsdale, Illinois, offer a range of advanced treatments, including dorsal root ganglion (DRG) therapy. This therapy uses a neuromodulation implant that controls the function of the dorsal root ganglion nerve network using electrical impulses. DRG therapy could be effective for your chronic pain even when other treatments are unsuccessful, so find out more about how it works by calling Chicagoland Pain Management today or by booking an appointment online.

DRG Therapy Q & A

What is DRG therapy?

DRG stands for dorsal root ganglion, which is a bundle of nerves found in your spine, and DRG therapy is an implantable neuromodulation technology similar to spinal cord stimulation (SCS).

DRG neuromodulation works by sending electrical signals to the DRG that change pain sensations into tingling, soothing feelings. If you imagine how it feels to massage a muscle after you receive an injury, that gives you an idea of how DRG neuromodulation feels.

Your doctor implants a small generator device into your body that transmits mild pulses of electricity to the dorsal root ganglion. You control the signals using a handheld remote control device.

Why might I need DRG therapy?

If you have a chronic pain condition that isn’t responding to noninvasive treatments, your doctor may discuss the benefits of DRG therapy with you.

The dorsal root ganglion is involved in transmitting signals to certain areas of the body, which makes it an excellent choice in treating chronic pain originating in the:

  • Hand
  • Foot
  • Knee
  • Groin
  • Chest

DRG is particularly beneficial for patients who have complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

Your specialist pain doctor at Chicagoland Pain Management works with you to create a treatment plan aimed at relieving your symptoms and healing damaged tissues wherever possible, but for some patients, the initial treatment interventions don’t provide enough relief.

If so, you can move on to other treatment options, and if your pain is in an area controlled by the DRG, chances are that neuromodulation can relieve the pain even when other treatments can’t.

What if I’m unsure about having an implant?

Deciding to have an implant device is a step that needs due consideration, but if you and your doctor believe DRG therapy is likely to help relieve your pain, you don’t have to go for the full implantation procedure right away.

Your doctor can fit a temporary device that performs the same function as the DRG implant without you committing to the full implantation procedure. This gives you a far better idea of whether neuromodulation is likely to relieve your symptoms day-to-day.

If you’re living with a chronic pain condition, find out more about DRG therapy and the range of other treatments available at Chicagoland Pain Management by calling the clinic today, or you can book an appointment online.