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  • What Causes Pain

    When you experience pain, it is your body's natural response to actual or potential damage. In other words, your body is protecting you—even when it might feel like it isn't. The feeling of pain is triggered when special nerve endings, called pain receptors, cause electrical signals to be sent to the

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  • Types of Pain

    When describing pain, the types will fall into three categories: Nociceptive Pain, Neuropathic Pain and Mixed Pain. Depending on the type of pain you are experiencing, your pain specialist will be able to create an appropriate treatment plan for relieving your pain and restoring your normal lifestyle.

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  • Permanent Implantation

    After the patient has completed the “test drive,” the patient and pain specialist will decide whether or not spinal cord stimulation is an effective therapy. If they decide to go forward, then the patient will undergo another surgical procedure to surgically place the device. The leads may be inserted

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  • Level 2

    If your pain does not respond to conservative approaches, a second line of therapy may be needed. The therapies offered in the second level can be used in conjunction with level 1 treatment. Tanscutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) A TENS unit is an external stimulation device that sends

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  • Level 1

    During the first level, your pain specialist will offer conservative treatment options. These treatment options will include rest and nutrition, exercise and physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), and cognitive and behavioral modification. Basic therapies are the first step

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  • Level 3

    When pain persists after Level 1 and 2 therapies have been tried, your pain specialist may recommend more complex treatment options. Relieving stubborn, chronic pain may take time and patience, and your pain specialist may need to try multiple treatments to find the most effective solution for your

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  • Is it right for you?

    Spinal Cord Stimulation may be an effective tool in reducing your chronic pain. However, it is important to understand that pain is unique to each individual—not everything works the same on everyone. SCS is one of several therapies used to help control severe, ongoing neuropathic pain. Other options,

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  • Impact of Pain

    Today, pain is one of the most common reasons Americans seek medical treatment, with back pain as the leading reason. An estimated 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-64 visit their doctor because they are experiencing frequent back pain. Other common painful conditions include: Arthritis Fibromyalgia Osteoarthritis Knee

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