What is the role of spinal cord stimulation in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome type 1 (CRPS 1) (RSD)?

Updated: Sep 09, 2018
  • Author: T P Sudha Rao, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Epidural implantation of a spinal cord stimulator has been shown to provide significant, prolonged pain relief and functional improvement in CRPS (hand or foot). [21, 22] In the United Kingdom, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends spinal cord stimulation as a possible treatment for adults with chronic pain of neuropathic origin, including CRPS, who have had chronic pain for at least 6 months despite standard treatments and have had a successful trial of spinal cord stimulation as part of an assessment by a specialist team. [23]


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