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Can a spinal cord stimulator be used to treat musculoskeletal pain?

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Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Yes: A spinal cord stimulator can often be very helpful for musculoskeletal pain.
Dr. Mehul Desai
Dr. Mehul Desai commented
Pain Management 19 years experience
Unlikely, at this point the evidence is best for neuropathic pain.
Oct 29, 2012
Dr. William Newton
Pain Management 19 years experience
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.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
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.

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