Amongst the different modalities that help our patients in pain, there is one that stands ahead of the rest. IT CAN BE TRIED BEFORE IT IS ACUALLY IMPLANTED.
A trial of spinal cord stimulation is always done on patients that we consider good candidates for neuromodulation. The trial helps us determine the benefits our patient can get with SCS therapy.
The indications to consider the use of SCS for pain control have increased over the last 25 years. It is available to patients with CRPS, post Herpetic Neuralgia, failed back surgery syndrome, phantom pain, lumbago, radicular pain (sciatica), claudication secondary to poor perfusion.
Also the technology has exponentially gotten better in the last 10-15 years. Making amazing progress in the quality, size, number of electrodes in a lead, paddle leads for implants, computer programs and algorithms, battery capacity and many other improvements. A comparison can be made to the improvements that cell phones have been through in the same period of time.
If you suffer from chronic pain caused by one of the conditions described above, you are concerned about using powerful and dangerous drugs, the procedures no longer help you and pain is still limiting your life, CONSIDER A TRIAL OF SCS.
NEUROMODULATION via spinal cord stimulation is one very important tool in the available therapies used by Pain management specialists.
Go online, learn more and remember YOU WILL ONLY COMMIT TO TRYING IT FIRST AND SEE IF IT WORKS.
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Blog by: Cesar A. Euribe, M.D.