Spinal cord stimulation is recommended as a possible treatment for adults with chronic pain of neuropathic origin if they:

  • continue to experience chronic pain (measuring at least 50 mm on a 0–100 mm visual analogue scale) 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.

Treatment with spinal cord stimulation should only be given after the person has been assessed by a specialist team experienced in assessing and managing people receiving treatment with spinal cord stimulation.

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