Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a medical treatment used to relieve chronic pain. It involves the use of a small device that is implanted under the skin to send electrical impulses to the spinal cord. These impulses work to interrupt the pain signals that are being sent to the brain, thereby reducing the sensation of pain.
SCS can be used to treat a variety of chronic pain conditions, including nerve damage, neuropathy, and chronic back or neck pain. It is often used when other treatments, such as medication or physical therapy, have not provided sufficient relief.
The procedure for implanting the SCS device involves placing a small electrode near the spinal cord. The electrode is then connected to the device, which is implanted under the skin, typically in the abdomen or buttocks. The device is then programmed to send electrical impulses to the spinal cord at regular intervals, based on the patient’s individual needs.
SCS is generally considered safe, although there are some potential risks and side effects, such as infection, bleeding, and device malfunction. It’s important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of SCS with a healthcare provider to determine if it is a suitable treatment option for your specific condition.« Back to Glossary Index