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Spinal Cord Stimulation of the Dorsal Root Ganglion for the Treatment of Pain

Abstract

The treatment of chronic pain conditions has gone beyond traditional options such as pharmacotherapy and behavioral and physical therapy to include injections and other minimally invasive interventions. This algorithm in many cases also includes open surgical resection to free the nerve or stabilize the spine. Still, no panacea for the treatment of chronic pain has yet been found. The pain treatment algorithm is often unsuccessful, and the desperate patient is left in pain, leading to an increasingly huge burden on society and the health care economy.

Keywords

Dorsal root ganglion Neuromodulation Chronic pain Implantable therapy Spinal cord stimulation 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity Hospital DusseldorfDüsseldorfGermany
  2. 2.The Center for Pain ReliefCharlestonUSA

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