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Indications for Spinal Cord Stimulator

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a treatment option that may be considered for individuals with chronic pain that has not responded to other conservative treatments. Some indications for spinal cord stimulation include:

1. Failed back surgery syndrome: Individuals who continue to experience pain after spinal surgery, despite other interventions, may be candidates for SCS.

2. Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS): Also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), CRPS is a chronic pain condition that typically affects the extremities. SCS can be considered for individuals with CRPS who have not responded to other treatments.

3. Neuropathic pain: SCS may be used for individuals with chronic neuropathic pain conditions such as peripheral neuropathy, nerve injury, or diabetic neuropathy.

4. Peripheral vascular disease: SCS can be considered for individuals with peripheral vascular disease who experience pain due to reduced blood flow to the limbs.

5. Ischemic limb pain: SCS may be used for individuals with chronic ischemic limb pain, which is caused by reduced blood flow to the limbs.

It is important to note that not all individuals with these conditions are candidates for spinal cord stimulation. The decision to pursue SCS is typically made on a case-by-case basis after a thorough evaluation by a pain management specialist or neurosurgeon. They will consider various factors, including the severity of pain, the presence of other medical conditions, and the individual’s overall health.

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