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Chronic pain About this condition

Chronic pain is persistent pain that adversely affects your well-being, level of function, and quality of life for more than 3 to 6 months.


of U.S. adults experience chronic pain1

Understanding chronic pain

If you muscle through chronic pain each day, you may feel like you have a dark cloud keeping you from a life you love. 

Chronic pain is a long-lasting, often debilitating condition that affects millions of people.1 When physical therapy and medications aren’t enough, spinal cord stimulation (SCS) treatment can offer hope and effective pain relief.

A non-opioid alternative

Medtronic spinal cord stimulation (SCS) offers a non-opioid, FDA approved alternative when other chronic pain treatments have failed, such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Injections or radio frequency
  • Surgery

Meet Bryan, an spinal cord stimulation (SCS) patient

“There were days I couldn’t get out of bed, couldn’t function at work…Now that my pain is no longer at the forefront of my life, [I can] do the things [I] want to do.“

- Bryan, a back pain patient who had steroid injections for 14 years before getting an SCS device

How SCS works

SCS involves implanting a device similar to a pacemaker under the skin. The device has leads (wires) that disrupt the signals to the brain that cause symptoms. When pain signals are blocked, you experience relief.

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