How to Manage Chronic Back Pain After Spinal Fusion Surgery with a Bone Growth Stimulator

Spinal fusion surgery is a common procedure performed to treat chronic back pain, but in some cases, patients may continue to experience discomfort even after the surgery. One effective way to manage persistent pain and promote successful bone healing is through the use of a spinal bone growth stimulator. In this blog, we'll explore how a bone growth stimulator can help alleviate chronic back pain after spinal fusion surgery.

Understanding Spinal Fusion Surgery and Bone Growth Stimulators

Spinal fusion surgery involves fusing two or more vertebrae together to eliminate motion between them and reduce pain. However, in some cases, the fusion may not heal properly, leading to persistent pain and discomfort. A spinal bone growth stimulator is a device that uses electrical or electromagnetic signals to stimulate bone growth and healing, which can help improve the success of the fusion and reduce pain.

Types of Spinal Bone Growth Stimulators

There are two main types of spinal bone growth stimulators:

  1. Internal bone growth stimulators: These devices are surgically implanted during the fusion surgery and provide continuous electrical stimulation to the fusion site.
  2. External bone growth stimulators: These devices are worn externally, such as a back brace or neck brace, and provide pulsed electromagnetic or ultrasound waves to the fusion site.

Benefits of Using a Spinal Bone Growth Stimulator

Using a spinal bone growth stimulator after fusion surgery can provide several benefits, including:

  • Improved bone healing and fusion rates
  • Reduced risk of pseudarthrosis (failed fusion)
  • Decreased pain and discomfort
  • Faster recovery time

Proper Use of a Spinal Bone Growth Stimulator

To maximize the effectiveness of a spinal bone growth stimulator, it's important to use it as directed by your neurosurgeon. This may include wearing the device for a specific number of hours per day or following a specific treatment schedule.

Potential Risks and Side Effects

While spinal bone growth stimulators are generally safe, there are some potential risks and side effects to be aware of, such as:

  • Skin irritation or redness at the electrode site
  • Allergic reactions to the device materials
  • Interference with other medical devices, such as pacemakers

Complementary Treatments for Chronic Back Pain

In addition to using a spinal bone growth stimulator, other treatments can help manage chronic back pain after fusion surgery, such as:

  • Physical therapy to improve strength and flexibility
  • Pain medication as prescribed by your doctor
  • Alternative therapies like acupuncture or massage


If you are experiencing chronic back pain after spinal fusion surgery, a spinal bone growth stimulator may be an effective treatment option to promote successful bone healing and reduce discomfort. To learn more about bone growth stimulators and how they can help manage your back pain, visit or contact our team of experts today. We are dedicated to providing personalized, evidence-based care to help you achieve the best possible outcomes.

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