Who Is a Candidate for Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)?


Who is a candidate?

Doctors use a careful selection process to determine which individuals will benefit from the treatment. This process may include pain history, physical condition, medication regime, meeting requirements for surgery and managing expectations. Individuals selected for spinal cord stimuation (SCS) usually have had chronic pain for more than 6 months in the lower back, leg, or arm.

Because chronic pain also has emotional effects, a psychologist will assess your condition to maximize the probability of a successful outcome.

Spinal Cord Stimulation can aid with some of the following conditions:

  • Failed Back Syndrome (FBS) or low back syndrome or failed back
  • Post laminectomy pain
  • Radiculopathy
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Unsuccessful disk surgery
  • Degenerative Disk Disease (DDD Peripheral causalgia)
  • Epidural fibrosis
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)