Spinal cord stimulation is a treatment for patients who suffer from chronic back pain. It has become the standard treatment for patients who have not found pain relief from other treatments.
An electrical current is applied to the source of the chronic pain. This blocks the brain’s ability to sense the previously perceived pain.
Soft, thin wires with electrical leads on their tips are placed in the back near the spinal column and a tiny programmable electrical generator is implanted under the skin of the abdomen. This generator creates electrical currents sent to the spinal column.