Spinal Cord Sitmulation – Frequently Asked Questions

At Twin Cities Pain Clinic, we continually strive to pursue the most advanced treatments for patients with chronic pain. Spinal Cord Stimulation has been an increasingly popular and effective drug-free alternative. Today we are going to answer some of our most frequently asked SCS questions!



How will I know if spinal cord stimulation will work for me?

Talk to your TCPC provider to determine the kinds of pain treatments that may work for you. The choice of treatment depends on the type of pain, its severity, and your response to your pain treatment. If your doctor thinks you are a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation, you can complete a trial to see if it will provide adequate pain relief.

What does spinal cord stimulation feel like?

Your stimulation level can be adjusted to deliver your preferred sensation and pain relief. With some device brands and settings, you may feel a tingling or a paresthesia, with others you will not feel anything!

Will spinal cord stimulation therapy completely eliminate my chronic pain?

Typically, people who find the treatment helpful experience significant and sustained reduction in chronic pain. However, spinal cord stimulation does not eliminate the source of pain, so the amount of pain reduction varies from person to person. Spinal cord stimulation therapy is not a cure for chronic pain, but rather a therapy to help you manage your pain.

Will spinal cord stimulation eliminate other sources of pain?

Your spinal cord stimulation system will not provide relief from other types of pain such as headaches, stomachaches, fractures, etc.

Is spinal cord stimulation a new therapy?

No. Spinal cord stimulation was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1984.

Is spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain covered by my insurance?

Insurance – Spinal cord stimulators are approved by most insurance carriers. As with most pain treatments, you will need an approval from your insurance company before you can receive a SCS for your chronic pain. Insurance carriers usually require you to try conservative treatments first, such as physical therapy.

Medicare – Spinal cord stimulators are approved for coverage by Medicare, as long as the procedure is determined to be medically necessary. Medicare usually requires you to try conservative treatments first, such as physical therapy.

Workers’ Compensation – Most workers’ compensation carriers cover SCS with an approval before treatment.

Still have questions? Call our Spinal Cord Stimulator help line at 952-204-3585.

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