Spinal Cord Stimulation
Relief from severe chronic pain, finally
When other treatments haven’t worked,
spinal cord stimulation might be an option.
& Leg Pain
PainTheory is the fastest, easiest way to get evaluated for a spinal cord stimulator
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How it works
The stimulator consists of a small battery pack and thin wires, called leads.
The leads are placed under the skin and next to the spinal cord. The battery back, also called a “pulse generator,” is programmed to send gentle electrical pulses through the leads to disrupt pain signals before they reach your brain.
These devices have been developed over decades, with hundreds of millions of dollars in R&D. This is not a TENS unit.
The device is placed under the skin in a same-day, outpatient procedure.
Every patient gets to “trial” a temporary stimulator for up to 1 week to see if it reduces pain and improves daily life.
The trial is a simple, outpatient procedure that takes about 30-minutes in the doctor’s office.
The stimulator interrupts pain signals before they reach the brain, reducing pain and improving function.
When you feel pain, it’s because nerves are sending pain signals to your brain. Spinal cord stimulation interrupts these pain signals so you don’t perceive them as pain. The goal of spinal cord stimulation is to:
Reduce pain by at least 50%
Improve mobility and allow daily activities
Reduce the need for pain medication
Allow patients to relax and sleep better
COVERED BY MOST MAJOR INSURANCES
Proven to deliver long-term pain relief without drugs or major surgery.
Reduced reliance on oral opioids
High patient satisfaction
WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING
Frequently asked questions
Questions about spinal stimulation
Yes. Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) safely intercepts pain signals as they travel up the spinal cord without altering normal senses, mental function, or motor function.
SCS is considered "minimally-invasive," meaning it does not require a major surgery. The technology is FDA approved and has been advancing since the late 1960's.
Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have been treated with SCS.
Spinal cord stimulation has proven to be an effective treatment option for patients with chronic pain when other treatment options like physical therapy, back surgery, and even injection therapy have failed.
People differ in the amount of pain relief they receive with SCS therapy. The trial, or test drive, may help you determine the amount of relief you will receive. SCS is generally considered effective if your pain is reduced by at least 50%.
The pulse generator for current spinal cord stimulators is about the size of a silver dollar. You will not be able to see your device under your skin. The only way someone would know that you have a spinal cord stimulator is if you told them.
Studies have shown that spinal cord stimulation can help patients reduce their reliance on pain medications. It's important to remember that every person differs in how they respond to SCS. Some patients may be able to stop their pain medication altogether while others may be able to reduce their requirement but not become fully independent. Both of these scenarios are tremendous milestones.
For several weeks after the implant procedure, you will be asked to restrict your physical activity. You can carry out activities during this time but don't over-do it, and make sure to ask your doctor what you can and cannot do. Give your body time to heal around the battery pack and leads so the system doesn't move.
It depends on the stimulator. Certain spinal cord stimulators produce change pain signals into a subtle tingling sensation while other spinal cord stimulators totally nullify pain signals.
Spinal cord stimulation is covered by most health insurance plans including Medicare, Medicaid (varies by state), most workers' compensation plans, and most commercial payers.