Spinal cord stimulation is a therapy utilized to treat pain by sending electrical input to the spinal cord that blocks the transmission of pain signals to the brain. This can be used to treat a variety of conditions including severe chronic back and leg pain due to spine pathology, complex regional pain syndrome (formerly known as RSD), or diabetic peripheral neuropathy. This therapy is also frequently utilized for patients that have had unsuccessful back surgery.
The procedure involves implanting electrodes into the epidural space posterior to the spinal cord. These electrodes are connected to a small battery that is implanted under the skin at the upper part of the buttock. Initially, a trial is performed where the electrodes are implanted through a small needle and connected to a battery outside the body. This allows the patient to trial the therapy at home and make sure it is effective for their pain before committing to the permanent implant.
This therapy can be utilized to treat:
- Chronic Back Pain
- Failed-Back Surgery
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
- Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy