Neurostimulation for pain is an advanced, effective treatment option for many chronic pain sufferers and includes deep brain stimulation, motor cortex stimulation, spinal cord stimulation and peripheral nerve stimulation. The process involves implanting a pacemaker-like batter-generated device that sends electrical signals through a lead to electrodes that stimulate the nervous system in the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Neurostimulation does not cure the cause of the pain. Rather, it produces electrical impulses that block the transmission of pain messages to the brain.
People with certain types of chronic pain may be candidates for neurostimulation, including those with chronic sciatica, failed back syndrome, neuropathy, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (complex regional pain syndrome) or vascular insufficiency. Many people consider neurostimulation for pain successful if it reduces their current pain level by 50% or more.