Current Pain and Headache Reports

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 35–42

Spinal Cord Stimulation: A Review

Anesthetic Techniques in Pain Management (GJ Brenner, Section Editor)

DOI: 10.1007/s11916-011-0238-7

Cite this article as:
Compton, A.K., Shah, B. & Hayek, S.M. Curr Pain Headache Rep (2012) 16: 35. doi:10.1007/s11916-011-0238-7


Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a safe and effective treatment of a variety of chronic pain conditions. As our understanding of the mechanisms of action and potential uses of SCS has evolved, clinical and technological advancements have followed. This review provides an overview of potential mechanisms of action of SCS, evidence for its effectiveness, potential complications, and highlights of developing areas of interest.


Neuromodulation Spinal cord stimulation SCS Failed back surgery syndrome FBSS Complex regional pain syndrome CRPS Neuropathic pain Pain Anesthesia Pain management Review 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aaron K. Compton
    • 1
  • Binit Shah
    • 2
  • Salim M. Hayek
    • 2
  1. 1.SMC Pain Center, Schneck Medical CenterSeymourUSA
  2. 2.University Hospitals Case Medical CenterClevelandUSA

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