Spinal Cord Stimulation
A Spinal Cord Stimulator stimulates nerves by tiny electrical impulses via small electrical wires placed on the spinal cord. It is an implantable device designed to withstand the hostile environment of the human body. It works by creating an electrical field around the posterior aspect of the spinal cord (the area of the spine that manages “sensation”). In turn, this electrical field “scrambles” the “pain impulses” so that by the time they reach the cerebral cortex, they are interpreted as a “soothing, tingling sensation”. The purpose is to allow the patient to perceive less pain and therefore, be more comfortable and productive.
A Spinal Cord Stimulator is offered to patients with chronic and severe neuropathic pain, who have not responded to other treatment modalities. Neuropathic pain being pain due to damaged nerve tissue.
Once it is determined that the patient is a good candidate for a spinal cord stimulator, there will be a trial period to help determine whether or not the therapy will provide pain relief and improvement of function. If the results are satisfactory, the spinal cord stimulator will be surgically implanted.
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