Get Ahead Of Your Chronic Pain (Spinal Cord Stimulation)

If you are currently experiencing chronic pain and have had little success with other therapies, Spinal Cord Stimulation may be an option for you.

What is Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)?

Only a doctor or pain management specialist can determine if a patient is a candidate for SCS. Typically, a good candidate for SCS is someone who has experienced one or more of the following:

How does Spinal Cord Stimulation work?

Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) interferes with the transmission of pain signals. With this therapy, a small implanted system (similar to a cardiac pacemaker) is used to replace pain with a different feeling. Some people describe this feeling as a gentle massaging sensation or, in some cases, simply absence of pain.

Facts about Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS):

Patients with Spinal Cord Stimulators have reported:

Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) is known to manage pain that comes

from certain conditions.

Although SCS does not treat specific diseases, it has been used to manage pain that comes from failed back surgery (FBSS) or post-laminectomy syndrome and other neuropathies. Ask your doctor if SCS is appropriate for your pain.

How can I try Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)?

If your doctor decides you are a candidate for SCS, you will likely have a temporary evaluation. During the evaluation period, you will use a temporary system, usually termed as "Trial Placement", to see whether or not SCS works for you. If the evaluation is successful, you can have the system implanted.

What are the potential risks and complications associated with Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)?

The placement of a SCS system does require a surgical procedure, which exposes patients to certain risks. Complications such as infection, swelling, and bruising are possible. Additional

risks such as undesirable changes in stimulation may occur over time. Be sure to talk to your doctor about the possible risks associated with SCS.

***Present SCS technology allows for what is called, "Sub-threshold stimulation". Literally, this means that the patient feels nothing from the stimulator, and they perceive significantly diminished or no pain. Alternatively, using older technology, they perceive a paresthesia or tingling sensation, with diminished or absence of their usual pain.

Note: If you are interested in finding out if Spinal Cord Stimulation therapy might help, you should speak to your doctor or pain management specialist.


For more information, you may visit our website: www.RichmondSpinePain.com and fill out the required form for us to see if our center could be of help to you.

We are located at 14404 Sommerville Ct. Midlothian, VA 23113

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