Schade, C.M., M.D., Ph.D. Treating Chronic Neck Pain: An Innovative Approach by Surgeons at Vista Hospital’s Center of Excellence for Cervical Spinal Cord, M.D. NEWS – Super Stim, Stimulation, 2005.
Although therapeutic electrical stimulation of the spinal cord (SCS) to treat chronic pain conditions has been performed since the early 1970s, significant technological refinements over the last 35 years have enabled much better rates of lasting success, resulting in more widespread acceptance of pain management using SCS. Spinal cord stimulation is delivered by a small, implantable stimulator device. The stimulator sends low level electrical impulses to the nerves, which interferes with the transmission of pain signals to the brain and replaces painful sensations with a more pleasant tingling sensation called paresthesia.