The Alliance team now provides Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) therapy, providing life-changing pain relief for many patients. DRG is a new type of neuro stimulation therapy designed to manage difficult-to-treat chronic pain in specific areas of the lower body, such as the foot, knee, hip or groin. If you suffer from this kind of pain, DRG therapy may work where other therapies have not—or may have provided only partial relief.
Alliance physicians Dr. Allen Hord and Dr. David Rosenfeld were the first to be trained in DRG therapy in Georgia, and have been successfully executing the therapy since 2015.
How The Therapy Works
DRG therapy works by stimulating dorsal root ganglia (DRGs). These are structures along the spinal column made up of densely populated sensory nerves, and they act like traffic lights, regulating signals and sensations that travel through nerve fibers along the spinal column to the brain.
Because the spinal column has a number of different DRGs, each of which is associated with different areas of the body, DRG therapy can be very targeted. In this way, DRG therapy has the unique ability to help manage pain in targeted, isolated parts of the body, particularly the lower body.
Chronic Neuropathic Pain to Relief With Dorsal Root Ganglion Therapy
Dr. Rosenfeld explains, “Chronic neuropathic pain can be quite debilitating and lead to impairments in functioning, as well as other associated conditions, such as depression. Dorsal root ganglion stimulation is a procedure for providing relief from symptoms of chronic pain resulting from neural injury or compression. This interventional approach is regarded as a relatively safe and effective procedure, with a low risk for side effects. The dorsal root ganglion is considered an ideal target for delivering pain relief, as the electrical stimulation may be applied to a more targeted area.”
Patients Approve The Therapeutic Treatment
Patients attest to the results. One Alliance patient had tried blocks and pain medications for his leg pain, and had visited many specialists: podiatrists, acupuncturists, physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, and the emergency room.
Only DRG therapy gave him lasting relief:
“My life for the most part is back to normal. I’m going back to work after six months. I can pick up my grandkids again. DRG has basically given me my life back.”