Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation is a pain-relieving treatment for chronic back pain. Spinal cord stimulation can be useful for some people that have failed other forms of treatment. The stimulator is a small device that is surgically placed beneath the skin. It sends signals to the brain that block pain signals. The spinal cord stimulator does not fix or treat the source of pain, but it provides enough pain relief for some people that they can participate in their favorite activities again.
You will participate in a trial period of the spinal cord stimulator to determine if it is an effective pain relief solution for you. During a short outpatient procedure, the wires of the device are positioned under your skin. You will carry the device on the outside of your body in a similar manner as a cell phone. Your doctor will preset the device to deliver the best pain relief possible.
- Chronic back or neck pain, especially with failed surgery
- Inflamed or scarred spinal nerve coverings (Arachnoiditis)
- Pain & burning sensation from peripheral nerve injury (Causalgia)
- Constant burning pain in legs from abnormal nerves (Peripheral Neuropathy)
- Constant burning pain from progressive nervous system disease (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)
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