Advanced Pain Management and the staff at St. Jude Medical provide you with an exciting opportunity to relieve your pain with a Neurostimulator Trial (also known as Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial). Please see the information below that has been provided by St. Jude Medical regarding the procedure. We have also added a video to visually demonstrate how neurostimulation works!
What is neurostimulation and how does it work?
Neurostimulation is an option for managing chronic pain. It works by blocking pain signals before they reach the brain. To do this, a small system is implanted in the body. When turned on, this system sends mild pulses to nerves along the spinal cord, replacing the feeling of pain with a different feeling.
What does neurostimulation feel like?
While neurostimulation can feel different to different people, some describe the sensation as a pleasant massaging sensation. Some have even reported that they simply feel the absence of pain.
Who is a candidate for neurostimulation?
Only a doctor or pain management specialist can determine if you are a candidate for neurostimulation. Good candidates typically have chronic pain in the back, neck, arms, or legs that has lasted at least six months. Their pain is neuropathic (typically marked by burning, tingling, or numbness), and it has not been relieved well enough by surgery, pain medications, nerve blocks, TENS, or physical therapy.