Spinal cord stimulation in low back and leg pain

Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 1994;62(1-4):263-6. doi: 10.1159/000098630.


We have reviewed our experience with spinal cord stimulation (SCS) in patients with low back and leg pain. 33 patients complaining of leg and low back pain underwent percutaneous tests of SCS. 28 patients had failed back surgery syndromes, 1 patient had pain related to an L1 vertebral body fracture, another from Tarlow cysts and the remaining 3 patients had lumbosacral spondyloarthrosis and osteoporosis without radiological signs of root compression. 28 patients showed mono- or pluriradicular deficits. At the end of the test period (5-65 days), 21 patients (63.6%) reported more than 50% of pain relief (mean analgesia 75%) and were submitted to chronic stimulation. The mean follow-up was 45.5 months. At maximum available follow-up, 40% of the patients (13 out of the 33 initial patients) were successfully using the stimulator (mean analgesia 66.6%).

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Leg
  • Low Back Pain / therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pain Management*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Spinal Cord