A 29-year-old member asked:
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can a spinal cord stimulator be used to treat musculoskeletal pain?

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Dr. Seth Zeidman
32 years experience Neurosurgery
Yes: A spinal cord stimulator can often be very helpful for musculoskeletal pain.
Answered on Oct 29, 2012
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Dr. Mehul Desai
Dr. Mehul Desai commented
18 years experience Pain Management
Unlikely, at this point the evidence is best for neuropathic pain.
Oct 29, 2012
Dr. William Newton
18 years experience Pain Management
Technically No: Spinal cord stimulation is intended for chronic neuropathic pain affecting the trunk and extremities. Your pain specialist can help determine if scs is right for you. If your pain is more neuropathic than muscular than it may be an option.
Answered on Aug 5, 2017
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
27 years experience Neurosurgery
No: A tens unit is used for musculoskeletal pain and is external to the body. A scs is primarily used for severe, and chronic pain from nerve injuries. A scs is surgically implanted near the spinal cord.
Answered on Feb 5, 2014

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