What is a Spinal Cord Stimulator?

For individuals who suffer from chronic back or leg pain, Neuromodulation is a new option to consider. Spinal Cord Stimulators (SCS) manage chronic pain without causing any sensations, unexpected shocks, or discomfort while bending, twisting, or engaging in daily activities. Additionally, this device can remain on while sleeping or driving. The implant procedure is quick, safe, minimally invasive, and does not require hospitalization.

SCS can be used with current medications and allows for the opportunity to trial the system before receiving a permanent implant. SCSs are MRI safe and do not require recharging, and if necessary, they can be easily removed. All current brands, including Nevro®, Boston Scientific™, and St. Jude®, can be used.

Spinal Cord Stimulation entails implanting a pacemaker-type device in the body, which delivers low-level electrical signals to the spinal cord or specific nerves to block pain signals from reaching the brain. The patient can adjust the on/off button and the intensity of the electrical signals. Spinal cord stimulation therapy is typically utilized when other treatments have failed, such as with failed back surgery, and is also used in other types of refractory pain.

Am I a candidate for Spinal Cord Stimulators?

Your provider may suggest this procedure if you are experiencing chronic back or leg pain or suffering from multiple sclerosis.

Benefits of Spinal Cord Stimulator

  • Proven to provide relief from back and leg pain.
  • No uncomfortable tingling, buzzing, or shocks.
  • Increased freedom.
  • Simple, more predictable, and reversible procedure.
  • Compatible with current pain medications.
  • Provides long-term chronic pain relief.