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What is spinal cord stimulation for pain management?

Spinal cord stimulation is a form of stimulation used in pain management for controlling persistent pain after back surgery, complex regional pain syndrome, pain with peripheral vascular disease and other conditions. It consists of placing electrical leads into the spinal canal to stimulate the spinal cord. The leads are then attached to a small generator like a pacemaker that is implanted under the skin. 

Dr. Michael E. Steuer, MD
Pain Medicine Specialist

Spinal cord stimulation is most commonly used as an interventional therapy for chronic back or leg pain. A spinal cord stimulator delivers small electrical signals through a lead implanted in the epidural space. These signals inhibit the perception of pain before it reaches the brain, making you feel relief instead. In many cases, it is an effective alternative to other therapies that have failed to manage pain on their own.

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