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Spinal Cord Stimulation

Published By : Boston Scientific

Published On : Jan 9, 2019 10:18:24 AM

Neuromodulation

Spinal Cord Stimulation, or SCS, may offer hope for many of the estimated 100 million people who suffer from chronic pain. SCS sends electrical impulses that trigger nerve fibers along the spinal cord, masking the pain message traveling to the brain. When this happens, generally the painful sensation is replaced with a soothing, tingling sensation.

 

SCS may be prescribed for chronic intractable pain of the trunk and/or limbs, including unilateral or bilateral pain associated with the following: failed back surgery syndrome, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Types I and II, intractable low back pain and leg pain. Many people with failed back surgeries have had success with the SCS. Thousands of patients with severe chronic painful conditions have received relief with spinal cord stimulation.

 

How SCS Works

One of the advantages of SCS therapy is that the patient gets to try out an external version of the device to see if SCS is a treatment option for their pain.

SCS is generally considered effective:

  • If the patient's pain is reduced by at least 50%
  • If the patient is able to get back to your daily activities
  • If the patient's need for pain medication is reduced
  • If the patient is able to relax and sleep better
 

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What defines SCS success?

One of the advantages of SCS therapy is that the patient gets to try out an external version of the device to see if SCS is a treatment option for their pain.

SCS is generally considered effective:

  • If the patient's pain is reduced by at least 50%
  • If the patient is able to get back to your daily activities
  • If the patient's need for pain medication is reduced
  • If the patient is able to relax and sleep better

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