What is the role of spinal cord stimulator implants in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Dianna Quan, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Pain medicine specialists have been experimenting with spinal cord stimulator implants in severely painful cases. [90] One such study of 10 patients showed that median background and peak pain scores at the end of the study were, respectively, 77 and 81 with the stimulator off and 23 and 20 with the stimulator on. Exercise tolerance significantly improved at 3 months (n = 7, median increase 85%) and at 6 months. Further study is necessary. [91] Alternative and complementary therapies for pain (eg, acupuncture) are under investigation. [92, 21]


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