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 Chronic Pain

What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain can occur as a result of an accident or disease, but lasts longer than the usual recovery period. It can also occur without any known underlying cause. Chronic pain may interfere with daily life activities and you may not get relief with traditional treatment methods.

Some specific chronic pain conditions include:

  • Failed back syndrome (FBS) – FBS is chronic pain after back surgery that has not achieved the desired result.
  • Post-laminectomy pain – This term refers to persistent pain following a laminectomy, which is a type of back surgery performed to remove part of the vertebrae to reduce pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerve roots.
  • Peripheral neuropathy – Damage to a nerve or nerve group of the central nervous system is a condition known as peripheral neuropathy. There are more than 100 different types of peripheral neuropathies.
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) – A nerve disorder, CRPS occurs after an injury to a nerve or tissue resulting in intense pain in the affected area. It is sometimes referred to as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)

Why Choose the Center for Neuromodulation at The Ohio State University Medical Center?

  • Ohio State provides spinal cord stimulation (SCS), a leading-edge surgical procedure for patients with chronic pain. SCS i nvolves surgically implanting a device that helps to alleviate symptoms and restore function to patients suffering from chronic pain.
  • Our SCS team includes physicians from our nationally ranked Neurology and Neurosurgery programs. U.S.News & World Report ranks these programs among the best in the nation. Our team of specialists including neurosurgeons, psychiatrists and psychologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, as well as our nurses, physician assistants and patient coordinators, work together to ensure best possible patient outcomes.
  • We are a leading research center investigating if SCS can further improve treatment for other conditions and also the underlying mechanism of how SCS works.
  • Ohio State continues to pioneer new treatments for pain through our Center for Neuromodulation and our ongoing research program.

Treatment for Chronic Pain

The Ohio State University Medical Center is a leading center for performing spinal cord stimulation for treatment of chronic pain and other conditions. SCS is considered a treatment when chronic pain patients have limited or no significant benefit from medications and/or experience severe side effects from medications. A neurosurgeon implants tiny electrodes beside the spinal cord. The electrodes deliver tiny electrical signals that stop abnormal signals in the spinal cord which cause chronic pain. The goal of these electrical signals is to alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain and improve a patient’s quality of life.

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