Treatment of chronic pain using Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) is on the forefront of interventional pain management techniques. Spinal cord stimulation uses low voltage stimulation of the spinal nerves to block the feeling of pain. It helps to better manage pain and potentially decrease the amount of pain medication. It may be an option if you have long-term (chronic) leg or arm pain, and have not found relief through traditional methods. A spinal cord stimulator device is surgically placed under the skin to send a mild electrical current to your spinal cord. The result is a tingling sensation in the area where pain was felt. By interrupting pain signals, the procedure has shown success in returning some people to a more active lifestyle.
Patients selected for this procedure usually have had a disability for more than 12 months and have pain in their lower back and leg (sciatica). They’ve typically had one or more failed spinal surgeries.
You may be a candidate for SCS if you meet the following criteria:
An SCS can help lessen chronic pain caused by:
If your pain is caused by a correctable condition, then this must be fixed first. Also, if you have a cardiac pacemaker, you cannot have a stimulator.