Stimulating Facts about Spinal Cord Stimulation

To treat pain and therefore

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve mood
  • Improve quality of life

Spinal cord stimulation is a treatment for many with pain that has failed physical therapy, medications or even surgery.

Diagram of a spinal column

What is Spinal Cord Stimulation?

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) works by transmitting small signals of electrical current to spinal cord nerves. The pin pointed stimulation to these areas blocks the signal of pain from going up to the brain so we don’t feel the pain as much.

Is Spinal Cord Stimulation right for you?

Who can use SCS?

Patients with:

  • Sciatica even after back surgery
  • Neck or back pain even after neck or back surgery
  • Leg pain from peripheral vascular disease
  • Arm or leg pain from nerve problems from diabetes
  • A complicated pain called CRPS or RSD that results after trauma, injury or surgery.

What does nerve pain feel like anyway?

  • Sharp and stabbing pain
  • Burning or electric pain
  • Severe pain to light contact on the skin

Is the system bulky?

The device is actually quite small. The device is placed under the skin much like a pacemaker. It is easy to travel with and you can remain active, gardening, biking and swimming.

How does it work?

First, a temporary stimulator is placed to make sure that you get good pain relief and if you’re comfortable with the spinal cord stimulator sensation. Most people like the light buzzing sensation just find, especially when it replaces the feeling of pain. But some people don’t and the trial period is an easy way to see if it’s right for you.

With a magnetic remote, you control the intensity and speed of the current and have the capability to turn it on and off at will.

Next, if there is great pain relief the spinal cord leads and a battery are placed under the skin for more permanent pain relief.

What can I expect as a result of SCS?

While the degree of pain relief varies, 85 to 90 % of patients report a 50 to 70 % pain reduction. Many decrease or eliminate the use of pain medication as well. More importantly, many enjoy an increase in their ability to enjoy daily activities with family, friends and work again.

For more information about spinal cord stimulation please visit us Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers or call us for a consult at 504-732-1094.