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Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) Implantable Neurostimulation Therapies by St. Jude Medical (SJM)

Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) implantable neurostimulation therapies by St. Jude Medical(SJM).

St. Jude Medical Center (not to be confused with the Similarly Named St. Jude Children’s hospital in Memphis, Tennessee) has been bringing innovation of treatment and quality of care to patients locally and nationwide since the Sisters of St. Jude began operating in 1919. Their main facility, located in Fullerton, Ca. is the central hub to nine others locally, most of which specialize in Cancer treatment, rehabilitate services, and outpatient care and testing.

Spinal Cord Stimulation is geared specifically toward patients who have had a history of nerve-related chronic pain, and who have thus far been resistant to drug and/or surgical means of relief. There has been an enormous surge in recent years of patients of just such a description, and whereas chronic back pain can be a serious hindrance to every-day life, many do not want to undergo the requisite surgery, or to endure the brain-warping side effects of the powerful painkillers generally used to treat the pain.

There has been an enormous demand for a less lifestyle-invasive technique for treating this crippling disorder, and St. Jude is now proud to offer Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy. Implantable Neurostimulation Therapy involves the usage of a small electrode that interacts directly with the spinal cord and emits a low-voltage charge directly into the nerve endings. Like codeine-based painkillers, it doesn’t ‘kill’ the pain so much as it does distract the brain from recognizing it as such. Unlike drug-based therapies, however, it does not alter the patient’s state of mind or ability to think clearly in any way. Spinal Cord Stimulation is strictly localized, and many subjects report a pleasant “buzzing” sensation where previously there was only the persistent agony of nerve pain.

Though St. Judes Spinal Stimulation Therapy does not cure the pain permanently, anyone who has had just such a condition will agree that any relief at all would be a relief to the soul. And the degree of success is high: over 70% of all patients that have undergone St. Jude’s SCC implantation report a marked decrease in pain, and far fewer and more manageable side effects than drugs or surgery.

Spinal Cord Stimulation is offered by many hospitals and cutting edge universities nationwide. However, one would be hard-pressed to find any with nearly a century’s worth of experience in the absolute best patient care, professionalism, personal respect, or quality of aftercare that only St. Jude Medical Center can offer.

Author: J. Fellerton, Chronic Pain Symptoms Reviews

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