Spinal Cord Stimulator Trials

A spinal cord stimulator is a device that is implanted to stimulate nerves close to the spinal cord. This stimulation is thought to interrupt the transmission of the pain impulse, reducing or eliminating severe pain. The device consists of electrical leads, which are implanted in the spine, and a small transmitter is placed under the patient’s skin.

Spinal cord stimulators are often helpful for patients with severe, pain, which has not been relieved by other treatments.

Your Southwest Spine & Sports physician will carefully review your history and diagnostic tests to determine whether the stimulator is likely to help you. A temporary stimulator (the trial stimulator) is usually placed prior to the permanent implantation of the system to find out whether it will be helpful in controlling the pain.