Spinal Cord Stimulation
Evidence shows that delivering mild electrical pulses to the nerves interrupts the transmission of pain signals to the brain, thus reducing pain.
When other pain treatments have failed, spinal cord stimulation may be an option.
Spinal cord stimulation is a procedure that delivers low-level electrical signals to the spinal cord or to specific nerves to block pain signals from reaching the brain.
What Happens During the Spinal Cord Stimulation?
During spinal cord stimulation, a device that delivers the electrical signals is implanted in the body through a needle placed in the back near the spinal cord. A small incision is then made to place the pulse generator in the upper buttock. The patient may turn the current off and on or adjust the intensity of the signals. Some devices cause what’s described as a pleasant, tingling sensation while others do not.
SCS is a well-established pain treatment used in the U.S. for over 30 years. It includes a small implanted device that transmits mild electrical pulses to the spinal cord. The pulses calm the nerves and reduce pain signals to the brain.