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What are the two types of surgical implants that help chronic pain?

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When surgical implants are used to control pain, which is rare, there are two main types:

  • Intrathecal drug delivery. This is also called an infusion pain pump or a spinal drug delivery system that gets medication directly into the intrathecal space around the spinal cord.
  • Spinal cord stimulation implants. In spinal cord stimulation, low-level electrical signals are transmitted to your spinal cord or to specific nerves to block pain signals from reaching the brain.

From: Pain Management: Treatment Overview WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: The Cleveland Clinic Spine Center, The Center for Integrative Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic, and The Cleveland Clinic Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Chronic Pain Network. WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain." WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Botox to Treat Chronic Migraines."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 18, 2019

SOURCES: The Cleveland Clinic Spine Center, The Center for Integrative Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic, and The Cleveland Clinic Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Chronic Pain Network. WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain." WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Botox to Treat Chronic Migraines."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 18, 2019

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