A procedure that involves applying a local anesthetic or steroids directly to a nerve that is causing pain; nerve blocks may relieve pain temporarily by having a numbing effect or by decreasing the swelling of tissues around the nerve
A procedure that uses chemicals or extreme temperatures to stop a nerve from sending pain signals to the brain
A therapy that influences the signals sent to the brain through the use of an implanted device, involving the application of electrical signals or through the direct delivery of medication with the use of a drug administration system; spinal cord stimulation and dorsal root ganglion stimulation are two types of neurostimulation therapies offered by St. Jude Medical
A type of pain caused by a malfunction of the nervous system due to an injury or illness. It can be a very stubborn type of pain because it does not usually respond well to standard pain treatments, such as over-the-counter pain medications (for example, aspirin or ibuprofen) or prescription pain medications. Neuropathic pain may be managed by a neurostimulation therapy called spinal cord stimulation (SCS).
Neurostimulation, also known as spinal cord stimulation (SCS), is a pain management therapy that helps mask pain by blocking pain signals before they reach the brain. It is often used to manage chronic pain in the back, arms or legs. The therapy is delivered by a small device and thin wires called leads that are implanted in the body. When turned on, the system sends mild electrical pulses to nerves along the spinal cord, reducing the feeling of pain and providing what some describe as a more pleasant massaging sensation or, in some cases, simply the absence of pain.
A small device that sends pulses to leads (thin wires) placed along your spine; also called a generator or implantable pulse generator (IPG)
A type of pain caused when special nerve endings—called nociceptors—are irritated. It is the type of pain you feel when you burn yourself, twist your ankle or stub your toe. Nociceptive pain usually responds well to pain medications, anti-inflammatory agents or other drug therapies.