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spineadvisor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from August 13, 2008
Ask The Experts
Is Spinal Cord Stimulation Safe?
Ask the Experts Question

My doctor just suggested spinal cord stimulation, so your last answer was very timely.  But I still have one main question:  How do I keep it from “over-stimulating”?  I’m very concerned about the safety of spinal cord stimulation.
—Durham, NC

Ask the Experts Answer

Before you have a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) implanted—and even before you have a trial run with the spinal cord stimulator—please ask your doctor any and all questions.  He should take the time to thoroughly explain how the stimulator works, what precautions you’ll have to take, and the risks and benefits.

I’m glad you wrote in to Ask The Experts, too, though.  It’s worthwhile to gather as much information as you can.

With a spinal cord stimulator, patients are well-educated about…

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Nicola V. Hawkinson, RN, ANP This Week's Expert:
Edward J. Kowlowitz, MD
Medical Director
Center for Pain Management
Indianapolis, IN
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Back and Neck Pain Memo
Airline Survey Results

Memo to Airlines: No More In-flight Back Pain

Dear Airline Industry,

A recent survey on SpineUniverse found that 88% of people have back or neck pain after a flight. That's almost everyone! But here's what you may be interested in - 74% of people surveyed have a few words they want to say to you: Charge me more, please.

If you give them a more spine-friendly airplane seat, that is. People are willing to pay an extra fee for a seat that gives them support, not back pain.

So, what do you think? You can read an article about the airplane survey here.



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