Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy (SCS)

spinalcordstimulator_editedSpinal Cord Stimulation Therapy (SCS) works by intercepting pain signals before they reach the brain. By implanting a small system in the body similar to a cardiac pacemaker, feelings of pain are replaced by a different sensation. Some patients who utilize SCS describe this feeling as a gentle massaging or tingling sensation. In some cases, they don’t feel pain at all.

How does it work?

  • Pain signals travel up the spinal cord to the brain.
  • A generator sends pulses to a lead (a thin wire).
  • The lead delivers these pulses to nerves along the spinal cord.
  • The pulses block the pain signals before they reach the brain.
  • The painful feeling is replaced with a more pleasant sensation.

Learn more about SCS therapy by viewing some of our videos on the patient education page.