Spinal Cord Stimulation, also known as Neurostimulation is a proven therapy that is recommended by doctors to improve the quality of life and manage chronic pain for the past 40 years. Neurostimulation systems are approved or cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the management of chronic pain in the back, neck, arms, or legs. Many health insurance plans cover this therapy including Medicare, and workers compensation programs.
Although Neurostimulation is not a cure for what is causing the pain, it can be a very successful therapy in reducing pain that is the result of a dysfunction or damage to the nervous system caused by injury, disease or localized trauma. In many cases it has been used to manage pain that comes from failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) or post-laminectomy and other neuropathies. It does this by blocking signals before they reach the brain.
Benefits of Neurostimulation may include:
- A reduction in pain by 50% or greater
- A reduction or elimination in the use of pain medications
- Increased activity levels and an improved overall quality of life
According to National Institutes of Health, 90 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain and it is a largely under-treated and misunderstood disease. It is defined as moderate to severe pain that persists for one or more months longer than would generally be expected for recovery to a specific disease, injury or surgery. As an alternative to prescription drugs, Neurostimulation provides significant pain relief for chronic pain sufferers and allows them to increase their quality of life.