What is Spinal Cord Stimulation?

Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Back Pain Video

A spinal cord stimulator (SCS) device is surgically placed under your skin and sends a mild electric current to your spinal cord.  A small wire carries the current from a pulse generator to the nerve fibers of the spinal cord. When turned on, the SCS stimulates the nerves in the area where your pain is felt.

The main advantage is that a trial phase of this device can be done prior to be implanted to verify if the type of pain being experienced by the patient will respond once the permanent implant is being done.

Ideal Candidates for Spinal Cord Stimulator Implants


Spinal cord stimulation treatments are generally recommended for people who have severe, chronic pain including:

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Phantom & Stump Pain
  • Chronic Intractable Back or Neck Pain with or without Limb Radiation

Benefits of Spinal Cord Stimulation for Pain


  • SCS is the most commonly used implantable neurostimulation technology for management of pain syndromes.
  • SCS is an effective treatment that can provide significant and sustained reduction in neck, back or limbs paid.
  • SCS is a reversible therapy, so treatment can be discontinued at any time and the implanted parts can be turned off or removed.
  • When using SCS, patients may be able to reduce oral pain medications and their side effects.
  • Does not imply delivering more medication for pain control.

Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial Procedure


  • Spinal cord stimulation always involves a short trial conducted with a temporary stimulator to determine whether or not SCS can provide a specific patient with adequate pain relief.
  • Implantation takes place as an outpatient visit and generally takes 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Preset programs are used to emit electrical currents in a pattern designed to target the areas of pain.
  • If significant pain relief is achieved, a complete system with generator can then be implanted into your body.

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