Intrathecal Pump Therapy – Points You Need to Be Aware of!!

Intrathecal pump therapy, involves a drug delivery; a medication that is given directly into the spinal cord. This small pump helps in delivering the medication through a catheter. The main goal of placing this pump is to control the chronic back pain that is being faced. In order to comprehend, why this device is placed and what benefits it can give, we must first have a look at the intrathecal pump therapy.

What is an Intrathecal Pump?

As compared to oral medications, the intrathecal pump device works efficiently placed beneath the skin of the abdomen. Basically, it is the intrathecal space of the spine where the device is placed. And there is a space inside the pump said to be as the reservoir which holds all the medication in it. Moreover, it can also be used to release different amounts of medications at different times of the day. Information related to the prescription is stored inside the pump as to what problem it can cater to in the presence of some chronic pain. In case the pump becomes empty, it is refilled to continue the treatment plan.

Who is the Candidate?

If patients match the below mentioned criteria then they are the right candidates for intrathecal pump therapy:

  • The patient is dependent on pain medications
  • If all the traditional therapies have failed
  • The drugs used in the pump are completely safe, that is they will not cause any allergic reactions
  • The patient is not going from any psychological problems
  • If the patient, cannot receive any benefit from some additional surgeries

Conditions that are Best Treated with Intrathecal Pump Therapy

If you are a victim of any one of the below mentioned conditions then intrathecal pump therapy will be a great help to you in alleviating the pain efficiently:


Excruciating pain as a result of peripheral nerve injury

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

A disease of the nervous pain, in which the patients feel chronic pain

Chronic Pancreatitis

As a result of inflammation or blockage of the pancreatic duct, abdominal pain is experienced

If you or any of your loved one is suffering from back pain or any other body pain, get a professional advice from Dr. Zaki Anwar by placing an appointment at (815) 464-7212). He is an expert anaesthesiologist and certified Pain Management Specialist who has been practicing pain relief techniques for the past several years with effective results.