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OPTIMIZING THERAPY
SPINAL CORD STIMULATION

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF THERAPY

There are a number of things you can do to help ensure you get the most from spinal cord stimulation. Take an active role in your pain therapy by following these suggestions.

TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR

  • Keep all appointments with your doctor.
  • Follow the treatment plan developed by your doctor, including sessions with a physical therapist as prescribed.
  • Tell your doctor if you are not feeling well, if you are having problems with your therapy, or if you are not receiving adequate pain relief.
  • Review your goals regularly with your doctor. Are you achieving them? Is your neurostimulator helping you reach your goals? What adjustments need to be made?

UNDERSTAND YOUR PATIENT PROGRAMMER

  • As your activities vary throughout the day, your pain may change. Your patient programmer allows you to turn stimulation on and off, switch from one group to another, and adjust parameters.
  • Get comfortable with your patient programmer so you can adjust parameters as needed.

STAY ALERT AND USE CAUTION

  • Be aware of the remaining battery life in your neurostimulator. If you have a rechargeable device, use your patient programmer to check your battery level. If you have a non-rechargeable neurostimulator, your doctor will be able to tell you how much battery life is left.
  • If you have a rechargeable device, regularly charge the neurostimulator to keep the charge level from depleting to the point where stimulation will stop. Make it a habit to recharge at times convenient to you that won't impact your lifestyle. Consider recharging while watching your favorite TV show, or while you are reading a book.
  • Avoid activities requiring excessive twisting or stretching that put undue stress on the implanted components. This could lead to damage or movement of parts and a loss of stimulation.

CONTACT US

Your physician is your first point of contact. If you need technical support, you may contact
Medtronic Patient Services at
1-800-510-6735.

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Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.