Spinal cord stimulation: a review

Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2012 Feb;16(1):35-42. 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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndromes / economics
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndromes / therapy*
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy* / adverse effects
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy* / economics
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy* / methods
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome / economics
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Patient Selection
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Spinal Cord*
  • Treatment Outcome