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Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation: Cervical Spine

  • G. BaranidharanEmail author
  • Corey W. Hunter
  • Jason E. Pope
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Abstract

Chronic neuropathic pain involving the neck and/or upper limbs is frequently treated with spinal cord stimulation (SCS) after conservative management fails. The pattern of stimulation can be variable with traditional (tSCS) when placing leads in the cervical spine due to the natural movement of the neck – this may in turn cause over-stimulation and under-stimulation resulting in poor therapeutic response. Another well-known obstacle with tSCS is obtaining consistent coverage in the upper extremities themselves. Dorsal root ganglion stimulation (DRGS) offers a unique advantage in that it has the ability to provide constant, focused stimulation to specific body parts and/or dermatomal regions in manner not typically attainable with tSCS.

Keywords

Dorsal root ganglion stimulation Neuropathic pain Cervical spine Focal pain Complex regional pain syndrome 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Baranidharan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Corey W. Hunter
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jason E. Pope
    • 4
  1. 1.Leeds Pain and Neuromodulation CentreLeedsUK
  2. 2.Department of Rehabilitation MedicineIcahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Ainsworth Institute of Pain ManagementNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Evolve Restorative CenterSanta RosaUSA

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