How do Spinal Cord Stimulators (SCS) Relieve Chronic Pain?


What Is a Spinal Cord Stimulator?

A small implanted device called a spinal cord stimulator provides signals to the spinal cord to treat pain directly at the source. Small wires are inserted along the spine and attached to a battery pack under the skin. The SCS is a little handheld device that prevents the experience of pain from reaching the brain. This effective tool can greatly enhance function and quality of life while drastically reducing or completely eliminating the need for painkillers.

Is SCS Therapy Right For Me?

SCS Therapy is referred to as a therapy rather than a treatment because it does not eliminate physical pain. The best candidates for the therapy are those who:

Have experienced back, leg, or arm pain for six months or more

Have Peripheral Neuropathic Pain

Have tried other therapies but still continue to experience pain

Surgically Induced Pain

Recovery from SCS Implant Surgery

The spinal cord stimulator implant recovery period is approximately six to eight weeks. During this time, it is important to:

Only take sponge baths until the doctor gives you the okay to take showers

Watch for swelling or infections

Report any changes in stimulation

Avoid any physical exertion

Not change any medication unless the doctor recommended