Spinal cord stimulator treatment is oftentimes an option for patients with chronic and severe neuropathic pain, or for patients who have not responded to prior conservative pain treatment plans for a minimum of 6 months. Other patients that frequently qualify for spinal cord stimulator trials, have:
Schedule an evaluation with the pain specialists at the Indianapolis Center for Pain Management to see if you qualify to participate in spinal cord stimulator trials.
A spinal cord stimulator is an implantable neurostimulation device used for the management of a wide spectrum of pain syndromes. As many as 50,000 spinal cord stimulators are implanted in chronic pain patients worldwide each year. There are three main types: conventional SCS systems that require a minor surgical procedure to replace the device’s power source when it runs out; radiofrequency SCS systems which require high output external power sources to activate stimulation because they are typically used for the most challenging cases involving complex, multi-extremity pain and long-term treatment; and rechargeable SCS systems are the newest type of SCS devices which allow the patient to recharge the power source when it runs low.
Ask the pain doctors at the Indianapolis Center for Pain Management if a SCS device could help relieve your chronic pain symptoms.
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) works using a small implanted device and electrical lead with a series of 4-8 wires to stimulate the spinal cord and spinal nerves with tiny electrical impulses. The electrical currents interfere with the nerve impulses along the spinal cord, interrupting the pain signals to the brain.