Who Is and Is Not a Candidate for Neurostimulation?

Only a doctor or pain specialist can determine if you are a candidate for neurostimulation. Typically, a good candidate for neurostimulation is someone who has experienced one or more of the following:

  • Chronic pain in the back, neck, arms, or legs that has lasted at least six months.
  • Neuropathic pain (pain marked by burning, tingling, or numbness).
  • Little or no relief from surgery or other treatment options, such as pain medications, nerve blocks, or physical therapy.

While neurostimulation can help many people manage their chronic pain, it is not right for everyone. Neurostimulation is not advised for people who

  • Have demand-type cardiac pacemakers.
  • Cannot operate the system.
  • Have an implanted cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).

For complete information about warnings and precautions with neurostimulation, talk to your doctor. You can also refer to our Important Safety Information page.