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Neurostimulation for Back Pain

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Updated September 08, 2009

Definition: Neurostimulation is a treatment that blocks pain signals as they go to the brain. Low levels of electricity are delivered directly to nerves. This masks the pain by substituting a tingling sensation. There are two types of neurostimulation: Spinal cord stimulation, which is a pain management treatment sometimes used for chronic back pain, and peripheral nerve stimulation. Peripheral nerve stimulation is used for pain that is not related to the spine. Generally, neurostimulation is tried after more conservative therapies have not proven effective in relieving the pain. It is one type of neuromodulation.
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Spinal cord stimulation is one type of neurostimulation.
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