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spineadvisor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from June 11, 2009
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Will a Spinal Pump Relieve My Back and Leg Pain?
Ask the Experts Question

I have a spinal cord stimulator implanted, and it controls my leg pain but not my lower back pain. I have tried every option, from physical therapy to injections, and even had a spinal fusion at L3-L4. If I were to have a pump implanted to help my lower back pain, would I have to remove the spinal cord stimulator and risk having leg pain again?
—Worcester, MA

Ask the Experts Answer

This is a great question and one that I hear about often.

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has many benefits—mainly that it puts you in control of how much pain relief you need. But one sentiment I hear from many of my patients echoes what you’re experiencing. SCS often works marvelously for leg pain and not as well for back pain.

If you’re dissatisfied with your level of back pain, a spinal pump may help...

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Edward J. Kowlowitz, MD
Medical Director
Center for Pain Management
Indianapolis, IN
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