Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)
Spinal cord stimulation has become a widely used and efficient alternative for the management of chronic pain that is unresponsive to first line conservative therapies. A spinal cord stimulator works by masking pain signals before they reach the brain. A spinal cord stimulator is a small device that is implanted into the epidural space to interrupt pain signals to reduce chronic pain. Caliber Pain™ offers spinal cord stimulation (SCS) as one of our treatments for chronic pain at our medical facility in New York City.
The stimulator device delivers electric pulses to electrodes that are placed over the spinal cord. The pulses modify pain signals so they are either not perceived or are experienced as a tingling feeling. Some patients do not tolerate this tingling sensation well, so generally, a trial stimulation is performed before a permanent device is implanted. Recent improvements in neuromodulation technology (high frequency) have been successfully addressing this issue.
Today’s spinal cord stimulators allow patients to send electrical impulses into the spinal cord themselves using a small device like a remote control. Both the remote control and its antenna are outside the body.
Is SCS Right for You?
Spinal cord stimulation has become a widely accepted form of therapy for chronic intractable neuropathic pain. However, stimulation does not work for everyone. SCS candidates usually have had chronic debilitating pain for more than three months and have had one or more spinal surgeries. If unsuccessful, the implant can be removed and does not damage the spinal cord or nerves.
Candidates for SCS:
- Conservative therapies have failed.
- You would not benefit from additional surgery.
- You do not want further surgery.
- You have no medical conditions that contraindicate treatment.
- You have had a successful SCS trial.
If other conservative treatments are no longer effective in controlling pain, spinal cord stimulation (SCS) may be an option. Contact Caliber Pain™ in Midtown Manhattan to schedule a consultation to discuss SCS and other pain management options.