The Neuromodulation Pain Practice at UMass Memorial is at the cutting edge of minimally invasive pain management and is equipped with the latest in diagnostic and therapeutic technologies to help treat even the most complex pain conditions.
Chronic pain impacts each person in an individual manner both physically and emotionally. Studies have shown that the earlier the evaluation and treatment of chronic pain, the more successful the results can be. We use a multidisciplinary approach to diagnose and treat the conditions that cause pain using neuromodulation. We proudly collaborate with neurosurgeons, urologists, general surgeons, orthopedists, spine surgeons, gynecologists and primary care physicians to develop treatment plans tailored to the specific needs of the patient to ensure they have the best results from neuromodulation.
What we do
The Neuromodulation Pain Practice at UMass Memorial is at the cutting edge of minimally invasive pain management and is equipped with the latest in diagnostic and therapeutic technologies to help treat even the most complex pain conditions. Following an extensive diagnostic evaluation, an individualized, patient-centered treatment plan is formulated. Dr. Scemama and Dr. Nia are dedicated to staying current with the latest advances in the field of Interventional Pain Management and their services include the exciting field of neuromodulation.
What is Neuromodulation?
Neuromodulation is a technology that acts directly on nerves. Neuromodulation has existed for decades, but recent technological advances have made its benefits more robust and its applications more versatile. It modifies nerves activity by delivering electrical signals that disrupt pain transmission to the brain. Neuromodulation uses the implantation of precisely placed electrodes in the body either permanently or temporarily. These electrodes -or leads- connect to a generator either via a wire or wirelessly, which is the source of the necessary electrical stimulation. A low-voltage electrical current passes from the generator to the nerve where it can reduce pain signals. These devices can be placed either near the spine or around nerves elsewhere in the body to achieve their best results.
Numerous studies have shown the neuromodulation therapies for the appropriate patient can reduce the burden of chronic pain, help restore function and reduce dependence on opioids and other pain medications. Neuromodulation is the implantation of a device just one time through minimally invasive means which helps the body and the patient reduce their pain. Neuromodulation is controlled in real-time by the patient so that the patient can adjust how much and what pattern of electrical stimulation they need to feel their best. .