Back pain and pain in legs are one of the most major chief complaints during doctor visits.  Lower back pain can happen anywhere below the ribs and above the legs.  Depending on the cause, low back pain can cause a range of symptoms. The pain may be dull or sharp. It may be in one small area or over a broad area. You may have muscle spasms.

Lower back pain can also cause leg symptoms, such as pain, numbness, or tingling, often extending below the knee.  It is possible to hurt your back when you lift, reach, or twist. In fact, almost everyone has low back pain at one time or another.

? Back Pain Study

Many suffer from chronic back and lower extremity pain, which are not responsive to pain medication.  Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) delivers electrical impulses for treatment resistance chronic back and limb pain.

? Results + Conclusion

A study published in the journal of anesthesiology showed that patients who were treated with a high-frequency form of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) experienced significantly better, long-term relief for both chronic back and leg pain, when compared to a traditional low-frequency form of SCS therapy.

A total of 171 patients were included in the study, where approximately half received high frequency SCS and half low frequency SCS.  After three months, a 50% or greater pain reduction without stimulation-related neurological deficit was noted in 85% of patients with back pain – and 83% of leg pain patients.

Conclusion: High frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) may be a good option for you with chronic back- and leg pain – especially when other modalities of therapy are unsuccessful.

? Reference

http://anesthesiology.pubs.asahq.org/article.aspx?articleid=2411790