The effect of cervical spinal cord stimulation on cervical spinal nerve root/brachial plexus injury

Agri. 2023 Jan;35(1):39-43. doi: 10.14744/agri.2020.38243.


Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been used for the treatment of chronic pain for almost 50 years. There have been several reports regarding to thoracic and lumbar SCS, while fewer publications have been documented for cervical SCS administration. In this article, we presented patient satisfaction after cervical SCS application in patients with chronic upper extremity pain. Three patients with cervical spinal nerve root or brachial plexus injury who reported no pain relief with the previous treatment modalities were identified. The patients were performed percutaneous cervical SCS. Cervical SCS implantation was successful in the first and the second patients, and with respect to decrease in VAS scores, analgesic drug requirements, and an increase in their quality of life, while the third patient had no pain relief. Cervical SCS may be an effective treatment option in upper extremity chronic pain syndromes as in the lower extremity pain syndromes treated with thoracolumbar SCS.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Brachial Plexus* / injuries
  • Chronic Pain* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Quality of Life
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation*
  • Spinal Nerve Roots
  • Treatment Outcome