Treating Pain With Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation therapy delivers moderate electric impulses to the spinal cord that interrupt pain alerts to the brain, replacing them with a tingling sensation.

These impulses are generated by a small device this is implanted under your skin. The stimulation to the spinal cord is delivered from the tool through insulated wires called leads, which are located adjoining to the spinal cord. Using a handheld tool that works like a far off control, you may modify the stimulator to specific regions and levels of ache, depending on your activities and the way your pain modifications at some point of the day.

Spinal cord stimulation can be used to deal with patients with severe, chronic pain due to quite a few conditions, including failed back surgery, neuropathic pain and complex local pain syndrome.

Every patient experiences special pain alleviation from spinal cord stimulation, although maximum successful cases have a 50 to 70 percent lower in pain. this may help you return to a greater lively lifestyle and reduce your use of pain medications.

How does spinal cord stimulator work?

The spinal cord stimulator includes 4 parts:

  • Neurostimulator device (small computer) sits belowthe skin near the stomach or chest & regulates the electrical cutting-edge.
  • Electrode which sits nearthe backbone
  • Internal wirewhich connects the pc to the electrode
  • Remote controlto alter the energy of the electrical modern or turn it on or off.

The low voltage rate generated is felt as a tingling sensation and it’s miles the tingling which “disrupts” the pain sign coming back to your the via sending the “tingles” instead, so it’s far tricking or confusing your brain – so the “pain” and the purpose of the pain isn’t technically gone it’s simply the notion it’s changed.

The electrode will be positioned close to the backbone to stimulate several parts of the spinal cord. Hopefully, the tingling sensation will then be reduced approximately 50%.

 What defines the success?

Spinal cord stimulation is normally taken into consideration effective:

  • If your painis reduced by 50%
  • If you are able toget back to your each day activities
  • If your needfor pain medicines is decreased
  • If you’re able torelax and sleep peacefully


Serious aspect results are uncommon. The most common hassle of spinal cord stimulation is pain for some days at the site in which the wires and stimulator had been inserted. Other complications encompass infection, bleeding, nerve injury, spinal cord injury, dural puncture or tear, and migration or breakage of the wire.

Most people return to mild ranges of activity several days after spinal cord stimulation. Lifting, bending and twisting should be limited for up to 2 months to allow the leads to heal in the ideal function without moving.

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