Within the many options for pain management techniques, spinal cord stimulation has proven to be successful for many chronic back pain patients. Candidates include those who have failed surgery or are not surgical candidates. In this therapy, electrical impulses are used to block pain from being percieved by the brain. Instead of pain, the patient feels a mild tingling sensation.
This treatment option is done through a small wire connected to a power source that is surgically implanted under the skin. Low-level electrical signals are then transmitted through the lead to the spinal cord or to specific nerves to block pain. Using a magnetic remote control, the patient can turn the current on and off, or adjust the intensity. All patients receiving this treatment are able to test the therapy with an external system before one is implated, making this treatment completely reversible. Should the patient report a 50% or greater reduction in pain, the patient would be a candidate for the permanent implant.
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