Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) for Pain Relief
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.
Spinal Cord Stimulation may help relieve chronic pain for people with:
• A successful Spinal Cord Stimulation Trial
• Pain & burning sensation from peripheral nerve injury (Causalgia)
• Failed Back or Neck Surgery to relieve chronic pain
• 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)
How Neurostimulation Works
The Spinal Cord Stimulation Device
• There is a trial period
• The treatment can be discontinued at any time
• Reduces or eliminates the need for pain medication
• The device is adjustable for varying levels of pain
• Improves quality of life
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