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What Is Neurostimulation?

Neurostimulation (also called spinal cord stimulation, or SCS) is a proven therapy that has been recommended by doctors to manage chronic pain and improve quality of life. Neurostimulation systems are approved or cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the management of chronic pain in the back, neck, arms, or legs. They are also covered by many major health insurance plans, Medicare, and workers’ compensation programs.

Benefits of neurostimulation may include:

  • A reduction in pain by 50 percent or greater.
  • A reduction or elimination in the use of pain medications.
  • Increased activity levels and an improved overall quality of life.

Neurostimulation, however, is not a cure for what is causing the pain and does not treat specific diseases. Instead, it is a therapy that's designed to mask pain by blocking pain signals before they reach the brain. It has been used to manage pain that comes from failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) or post-laminectomy syndrome and other neuropathies. To find out if neurostimulation may be right for your pain, talk to your doctor.

If you have any questions about the procedure or any of the information you have just read, please ask the staff or your doctor. They will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.