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Chronic pain is a long pain which will be there even after the usual recovery period. It can also accompany a chronic health condition. The pain is not protective and it is not because of an ongoing injury. It is mostly referred as pathological and is therefore treated not like a symptom but a condition. Chronic pain will prevent people from working, participating in physical activity, eating properly, or enjoying life.
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a pain relief technique which will deliver a low voltage electric current continuously to the spinal cord. This is done to block the sensation or feeling of pain. SCS is the most commonly used implantable neurostimulation technology. It can manage the pain syndromes. Around 50, 000 neurostimulators are implanted worldwide yearly.
SCS is a widely accepted FDA approved medical treatment for chronic pain of the limbs such as legs, back and arms, and the trunk. SCS device is of three types:
Patients who are considered for SCS should meet the following conditions:
The implantation of the stimulator is done by a sedative or a local anesthetic. Your doctor will insert a trial stimulator through the skin in order to give the treatment a trial run. If the trial is successful, then your doctor will implant a permanent stimulator. After the procedure is complete, you and your doctor will have to determine the best pulse strength. You will then be told how you are supposed to use the stimulator at home. The typical schedule for spinal cord stimulation is to use it for 1 to 2 hours or 3 to 4 times a day.