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Spinal Cord Stimulator


Updated September 02, 2007

Spinal cord stimulators can be effective pain managers in certain circumstances. However, they are not for everyone and can be risky. This article examines the pros and cons of spinal cord stimulators with the aim of helping you make an informed decision as to the use of this pain management strategy.

Current Status

Spinal cord stimulators have been around for about 20 years. There are three companies that manufacture them:
  • Advanced Biosystems
  • Advanced Neuromodulatory Systems
  • Medtronics

Spinal cord stimulators are used for nerve pain. Two of the most common conditions that may warrant the use of this type of device are:

Although spinal cord stimulators can be an excellent choice for management for chronic pain conditions, it is an area that should be tread lightly. Arming yourself with research can help you anticipate both positive and negative outcomes of using this type of system.


With the public still reeling over the lethal side effects of Cox-2 inhibitors such as Vioxx, more people may be tempted to try spinal cord stimulators.

Spinal cord stimulation is an invasive pain management strategy, opening up new dimensions of potential health risks.

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