Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS), also called neurostimulation, delivers mild electrical stimulation to the nerves along the spinal column, modifying or blocking nerve activity to minimize the sensation of pain reaching the brain. Spinal cord stimulation is being recommended for an increasing number of conditions such as failed back surgery syndrome, cervical and lumbar radiculitis, neuropathy, and complex regional pain syndrome among others.
How the Stimulator Works
- Pain signals travel up the spinal cord to the brain.
- A generator, similar to a cardiac pacemaker, sends pulses to a thin wire called a lead.
- The lead delivers these pulses to nerves along the spinal cord.
- The pulses modify the pain signals as they travel to different parts of the brain.
- The pulses change the way your body perceives pain—providing potential relief from physical pain as well as the suffering* associated with pain.