A spinal cord stimulator, also called a dorsal column stimulator, is an implanted electronic device used to help treat chronic pain. Spinal cord stimulators have been used for over 30 years. The device delivers a low level electrical current through wires, which are placed in the area near your spinal cord. The device is similar in size to a pacemaker

We use Boston Scientific Spinal Stimulation devices (SCS). We have found that patients have got the most benefit from spinal stimulation with the use of a Boston Scientific device. This device is a 2 step process. First, a trial will be done to determine if the devices helps with the patient's pain. If it works then a permanent stimulator will be placed.  To learn more about these devices click on the links below. 

About Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) & the Boston Scientific Difference

SCS therapy can help manage chronic pain — even when other therapies have failed.  SCS therapy is:

  • A non-drug therapy option that has been proven safe and effective

  • FDA-approved for adults with chronic pain of the trunk and/or lower limbs

  • Covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and most workers' compensation programs

  • Relied on by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide to help manage chronic pain

How SCS Works

While SCS is leading-edge technology, it's actually not as complicated as it seems. Your nerves and brain are constantly communicating with each other. And when you feel pain, it's because those nerves are sending a pain signal to your brain. That's where SCS therapy comes in — SCS is designed to interrupt these signals so you don't perceive them as pain.

What defines SCS success?

SCS is generally considered effective:

  • If your pain is reduced by at least 50%

  • If you are able to get back to your daily activities

  • If your need for pain medication is reduced

  • If you're able to relax and sleep better