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Spinal Cord Stimulation


Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) is the use of electrical impulses to block or inhibit pain signals as they pass from the body to the brain.  Leads are placed along the spinal cord that can direct electrical current to specific locations at the spinal cord.   The leads are powered by an implanted battery or generator.  Thus the nickname "pacemaker for pain"

This therapy is employed when other conventional options for treating pain have been exhausted and surgical correction is not appropriate.  SCS therapy can be used to treat any limb and the trunk (neck, chest, abdomen, back, pelvis)

SCS is indicated in certain complex pain syndromes.  It is very useful in treating pain that persists after one or more surgeries. 



Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or RSD)

Failed Back Syndrome

Pain after multiple surgeries

Multiple Sclerosis

SCS is used to help pain associated with MS

Phantom Limb Pain

Sensation of pain in an amputated limb


A tethered spinal cord

Peripheral Neuropathy

Often associated with Diabetic Neuropathy

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