SPINAL CORD STIMULATION
What is Spinal Cord Stimulation?
Spinal cord stimulation is a contemporary form of pain management. It is typically used if alternate when more conservative treatment methods are unsuccessful. Spinal cord stimulation helps by changing the pain messages a patient’s body sends to his/her brain. In this way, even though this treatment does not directly address the source of pain, it helps by transforming symptoms.
Once a thorough health history is taken and a physical examination performed, a pain care specialist will be able to tell you if this treatment is right for you. While each patient’s pain condition is unique, there are several conditions that typically respond well to spinal cord stimulation. For example, some conditions that usually fall into this category include the following:
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Chronic back/neck pain
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Degenerative disc disease
- Failed back surgery syndrome
- Epidural fibrosis
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