Neurostimulation is a medical therapy that has helped thousands of chronic pain sufferers reduce their pain and improve their quality of life.
Have been used since 196 7 (over 40 years)
Are approved or cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the management of chronic pain in the back, neck, arms, or legs
Are covered by many major health insurance plans, Medicare, and workers' compensation programs
How Does It Work?
Neurostimulation works by intercepting pain signals before they reach the brain. To do this, a small system is implanted in the body. When turned on, the implanted system sends mild electrical pulses to nerves along the spinal cord. T hese pulses diminish the feeling of pain and provide what some describe as a more pleasant massaging sensation or, in some cases, simply the absence of pain.
What Are The Components?
A Neurostimulation system typically consists of three components that are designed tb work together to help manage your pain: a generator (also called a stimulator), leads, and a programmer.
A small device, similar to a pacemaker, that sends pulses to the leads. Generators are available with rechargeable and nonrechargeable (primary cell) batteries. They are usually placed in the abdomen or buttock area.
Thin wires that deliver pulses from the generator to nerves along the spinal cord. Leads are placed in an area along the spinal column called the epidural space.
An external, handheld device, similar to a remote control, that lets you adjust how the stimulation feels.