Spinal Cord Stimulation seeks to ease chronic pain
We have produced a new patient information video about the Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) treatment used at the RNOH to treat patients in whom chronic pain has significantly limited their daily lives. Working closely with real patients and clinical staff, the video outlines the advantages of the treatment and allows us to hear directly from patients about what positive impact SCS has on their lives.
SCS is a safe neuromodulation treatment that works by applying an electrical current to the source of chronic pain. This creates a pleasant sensation that blocks the brain's ability to sense the previously perceived pain. In SCS, soft, thin wires with electrical leads on their tips are placed through a needle in the back near to the spinal column. The leads are placed through a needle inserted in the back. A small incision is then made and a tiny, programmable generator is placed in the upper buttock or abdomen (under the skin) which emits electrical currents to the spinal column.This may include conditions such as neuropathic pain states (nerve related pain), failed back surgery syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, post-traumatic neuropathic pain states.