What the heck is spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain?

Dealing with chronic pain after back surgery, physical therapy, or injections? Spinal cord stimulation may be the solution.

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Dr. Eric DePopas goes over the basics of a powerful treatment option for patients with chronic back pain called spinal cord stimulation. In this video we will cover:

  1. How a spinal cord stimulator modifies pain signals
  2. The components of a spinal cord stimulator
  3. Where a spinal cord stimulator is implanted

Spinal cord stimulation is a minimally invasive medical technology where a small implanted medical device (similar to a pacemaker) uses electrical impulses to interfere with pain signals before entering the spinal cord. With advancements in technology, stimulators are now capable of producing new wavelengths which lead to increased pain reduction, referred to medically as High Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation. Spinal cord stimulation is BEST for patients with chronic back pain defined as back pain lasting longer than 3-6 months that failed to resolve with other treatments like physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, or even back surgery. If you are sick of living with chronic pain and interested in learning if you're a candidate for spinal cord stimulation, keep watching on or email/talk to a Helped coordinator. It's free. You can formulate a treatment plan and get connected with top pain specialists in your local area.

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April 25, 2022
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Eric DePopas, Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Eric DePopas, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Vascular & Interventional Radiologist

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