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What is spinal cord stimulation?

Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation is a therapy that treats chronic pain of the back, legs and arms. Spinal cord stimulation uses electrical pulses to block pain signals before they reach the brain. It involves passing special wires, called leads, into the spine and attaching them to an electrical stimulation device implanted in your abdomen or buttocks. 

Spinal cord stimulation is only one method used to treat chronic pain. Discuss all of your treatment options with your doctor to understand which options are right for you. 

Medical Reviewers: Daphne E. Hemmings, MD, MPH Last Review Date: Dec 20, 2012

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Spinal Cord Stimulation. American Association of Neurological Surgeons. http://www.aans.org/Patient%20Information/Conditions%20and%20Treatments/Spinal%20Cord%20Stimulation.aspx. Accessed December 2, 2012.
Spinal Cord Stimulation. Mayfield Clinic. http://www.mayfieldclinic.com/PE-STIM.htm. Accessed December 2, 2012.
Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant Video. Spine-Health.com. http://www.spine-health.com/video/spinal-cord-stimulator-implant-video. Accessed December 2, 2012.

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