What is It?
A treatment that masks pain signals before they enter the brain is spinal cord stimulation. A small device is inserted in the body to send electrical signals to the spinal cord, similar to a pacemaker. It allows people to control their symptoms of chronic pain better and to reduce the use of opioid drugs. If you suffer from chronic back, leg or arm pain and have not sought relief from other treatments, this could be an alternative.
What Can It Treat?
After nonsurgical pain management options have failed to offer adequate relief, spinal cord stimulation is used most frequently. Stimulators of the spinal cord can be used to treat or monitor various forms of chronic pain, including:
- Back pain, especially back pain that continues even after surgery (failed back surgery syndrome)
- Post-surgical painArachnoiditis (painful inflammation of the arachnoid, a thin membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord)
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Pain after an amputation
- Visceral abdominal pain and perineal pain
Stimulation of the spinal cord will enhance the overall quality of life and sleep and reduce the need for prescription products for pain. Typically, it is used along with other therapies for pain relief, including narcotics, exercise, physical therapy and methods of relaxation.
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