Spinal Cord Stimulation

Performed by Ark-La-Tex Spine Care – serving Shreveport, Bossier City and the surrounding areas

Spinal cord stimulation is a type of electrical nerve stimulation that uses an electrical current to treat chronic pain. There are two steps to nerve stimulation. A temporary electrode will be inserted percutaneously (through the skin) for a trail run and then, if successful, a permanent electrode will be inserted. The electrode is connected to a patient controlled electrical stimulator. Both the electrode and small wire leads are inserted under the skin. The wire leads go directly into the spinal cord. Once the stimulation device is in place the best pulse strength will be determined based on the patients pain. When the stimulation is in use, the patient will feel a tingling sensation.

List of conditions commonly used to treat:

  • Chronic back and neck pain
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Refractory angina
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Typical Benefits/Outcomes:

  • Few side effects
  • Easily reversible
  • Minimally invasive
  • Relief of pain
  • Ability to adjust stimulation settings with changes in pain
  • Reduction in pain medication