Neurostimulation: Power Over Pain

What is Neurostimulation?

Living with chronic pain? Consider a healthy, proven method of managing your pain. Although it is not a cure for chronic pain or a treatment for spinal diseases, neurostimulation (or spinal cord stimulation) is a chronic pain therapy designed to mask pain by blocking signals before they reach the brain.

How does Neurostimulation work?

Neurostimulation works by intercepting pain signals before they reach the brain. To do this, a small system is implanted within the body. This system, similar to a cardiac pacemaker, is used to replace pain with a different feeling. Some people describe this feeling as a gentle massaging sensation or, in some cases, simply the absence of pain.

  1. Pain signals travel up the spinal cord to the brain.
  2. A generator sends pulses to a lead (a thin wire).
  3. The lead delivers these pulses to nerves along the spinal cord.
  4. The pulses block the pain signals before they reach the brain.
  5. The painful feeling is replaced with a more pleasant sensation.

How do I know Neurostimulation is right for me?

The right procedure for you will depend on the nature and cause of your pain. Neurostimulation is not right for everyone, but may be right for you if:

  1. You have chronic pain in your back, neck, arms, or legs that has lasted six or more months.
  2. You have neuropathic pain (pain characterized by burning, tingling, or numbness).
  3. You previously had surgery and experience little to no relief from surgery, pain medications, nerve blocks, or physical therapy.