Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a medical treatment that uses electrical stimulation to help relieve pain. This type of treatment is used in cases where other treatments, such as medication or surgery, have not been successful. SCS is often used for chronic pain, such as that caused by nerve damage or arthritis.
The stimulation is delivered through a wire placed into the spinal cord. This wire sends electrical impulses through the spinal cord and into the brain. The impulses cause the area that is causing the pain to stop hurting.
There are two types of SCS: monophasic and biphasic. Monophasic SCS delivers a single, constant electric current to the spinal cord for a set amount of time. This type of SCS is most often used for chronic pain where a specific focal point in the spine is causing the pain. Biphasic SCS delivers two alternating electric currents to the spinal cord. This type of SCS is more effective than monophasic SCS in relieving chronic pain because it can more quickly adjust to changes in pain intensity.
If you are considering SCS as a treatment option, it is important to speak with your doctor about your specific symptoms and medical history
There are a number of benefits to spinal cord stimulation, including relief from chronic pain. This technology has been used for years to help patients with conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and MS. Recent studies have shown that spinal cord stimulation can also help with other types of chronic pain, such as cancer-related pain.