Spinal Cord Stimulation
Chronic spinal pain can make it difficult to manage day-to-day activities. You may work with your healthcare team to determine the best treatment options, and one consideration may be spinal cord stimulation.
This technique can block the sensation of pain with an electrical device implanted in the body. The device uses a mild current to replace the feeling of pain with a more pleasant sensation. Spinal cord stimulation is sometimes used when back surgery fails, or for peripheral neuropathy, which is severe pain in the arms, legs, hands or feet.
During the procedure, your doctor implants a device and carefully places electrodes to provide stimulation in the right place. Your healthcare team will work with you to make sure the electrodes are placed correctly and to see if they are providing adequate pain relief. This may take some testing and adjusting. Many patients who undergo this procedure are significantly relieved of their back pain.