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Spinal Cord Stimulation

When chronic pain continues, even after surgery and multiple treatment options, it can be a source of challenge and frustration in your daily life. An option of treatment in certain cases is Spinal Cord Stimulation. Spinal Cord Stimulation works by intercepting pain signals before they reach the brain. To do this, a small system, similar to a cardiac pacemaker, is placed within the body. It is used to replace the feeling of pain sent through the body. Pain signals are sent through the body to the brain via the spinal cord. This procedure blocks these pain signals before they reach the brain and can be sent to the nerves. The feeling has been described from patients who underwent Spinal Cord Stimulation has been a gentle massaging sensation or, in some cases, simply the absence of pain.

A good candidate for Spinal Cord Stimulation may have one or multiple of the following:
  • Chronic pain lasting more than six months in the back, neck, arms, or legs.
  • Pain described as burning, tingling, or numbness.
  • Unsuccessful relief of pain after back surgery or other pain procedures.
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (complex regional pain syndrome): a progressive disease of the nervous system in which you may feel a constant burning pain.
  • Causalgia: chronic pain accompanied by a burning sensation caused by a peripheral nerve injury.
  • Painful inflammation and scarring of the protective layers of the spinal nerves