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When other treatments haven’t worked,
spinal cord stimulation might be an option.

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PainTheory is the fastest way to get evaluated for spinal cord stimulation and a host of other minimally-invasive treatment options for acute and chronic pain.

Our goal is to help you find the right treatment, with the best specialists.

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Schedule a virtual or in-person consultation with an expert pain specialist in 3 easy steps

PainTheory is the fastest way to get evaluated for spinal cord stimulation and a host of other minimally-invasive treatment options for acute and chronic pain.

Our goal is to help you find the right treatment, with the best specialists.

NOW
Tell Us About You
Answer a few easy questions in our online sign-up form.
NOW
TODAY
Get A Referral
Talk with a PainTheory Care Coordinator to get matched with a specialist and have your information sent to the clinic.
TODAY
24-72 HOURS
Talk With Your Specialist
Enjoy a virtual or in-person consultation with an expert pain specialist near you who offers spinal cord stimulation and a wide range of other minimally-invasive treatments.
24-72 HOURS

What is spinal cord stimulation?

A safe and effective minimally-invasive treatment for chronic back and leg pain

Studies show good to excellent long-term chronic pain relief in 50-80% of patients who receive spinal cord stimulation. Sources (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

CONDITIONS TREATED

Failed Back Surgery

Chronic Back Pain

Chronic Leg Pain

CRPS

Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

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

PROVEN RESULTS

Proven to deliver long-term pain relief without drugs or major surgery.

Reduced pain

Reduced reliance on oral opioids

Increased activity

High patient satisfaction

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Medicare

Medicaid

Private Insurance

WORKS WHEN OTHERS HAVEN'T

Medications

Chiropractic

Injections

Surgery

Nerve Ablations

NO MAJOR SURGERY

Quick Recovery

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We take every patient personally

When you schedule a visit through PainTheory, you get expedited scheduling and concierge support.

Each patient is assigned a personal care coordinator who is available to make sure your scheduling process goes quickly and smoothly. Ask our Care Coordinators anything and they will help find an answer.

All PainTheory specialists are hand-selected based on the following criteria:

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Frequently asked questions

Questions about stimulation or PainTheory

If you aren't a candidate for spinal cord stimulation, or if you would like to consider other options, our specialists offer a wide range of minimally-invasive treatments including injection therapy and never ablations.

 

We encourage you to get matched with a pain specialist to learn your options!

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 is covered by most health insurance plans including Medicare, Medicaid (varies by state), most workers' compensation plans, and most commercial payers.

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.

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"These people are great. I am impressed
with the referral I got from them."
"I had a similar device implanted in October 2019
and have had literally no pain since!"
"I had mine since 2007. Thank God
for letting me walk again!"
"I have had mine for over 10 years
and it works great..."
"My husband's spinal stimulator has
been a Godsend."

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