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Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a relatively new technology that can help manage chronic pain when the cause cannot be removed or the injury cannot be repaired. The device consists of a stimulating wire or “electrode” or connected to control unit or “generator.” By placing a stimulating electrode over the spinal cord, the pain signal cannot be sent up from the spine to the brain.

Nerve signals are being transmitted from the body to the brain constantly. This helps prevent injury by making a person aware that something is wrong. Unfortunately, when nerves are damaged, they can send pain signals to the brain even if an injury is not occurring. Spinal cord stimulation can be used to disrupt these signals so the brain doesn’t receive them.