Spinal Cord Stimulation is used to treat nerve pain in the back and arms or legs, or a combination of those. This treatment is recommended to patients who have chronic pain that comes from nerves.
Electrodes are placed close to the nerves that are carrying pain signals—most often in the spine—electrodes can block the incoming pain signals as they move through the spinal cord up to the brain. This is similar to pacemaker technology.
The patient undergoes a 5 to 6-day trial of the therapy before we determine if it’s a good long-term strategy for them. We implant temporary leads and allow the patient to go home and see if it makes an impact on their function. If we find the trial successful, we make plans for a permanent implantation in the future.