Spinal 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.