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Who is a Good Candidate for Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)? Kennesaw, GA

Who is a Good Candidate for Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)?

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Advances in pain management technology and treatments now offer hope for those with chronic pain. One treatment that has had outstanding success for many of chronic pain patients at Medici Spine & Pain is spinal cord stimulation, or SCS. This innovative therapy can reduce chronic pain and improve the quality of life for many people who have not responded well to other pain management treatments. If you have chronic back or limb pain and are looking for alternative treatments for relief, SCS may be right for you.

How Does SCS Work?

In simple terms, spinal cord stimulation helps control pain by interrupting pain signals to the brain in the spinal cord. Electrical pulses are used on targeted nerves to interrupt or block pain signals. Electrodes are placed on the nerves that are responsible for signaling pain in the affected area, which are connected to an electrical stimulator. The patient can control the level of impulses, increasing it when there is more pain and decreasing it when the pain subsides.

For implanting the SCS device, there are two stages. Once a patient is determined to be a good candidate, a trial of a temporary SCS device is performed. This is a quick outpatient procedure to connect a temporary stimulator to determine the effectiveness for the patient. If the trial is successful, a long-term stimulator can be implanted that is controlled by a remote device by the patient.

Chronic Pain Conditions Managed with SCS

Not all types of chronic pain are suitable for SCS treatment. This method of chronic pain management is best for chronic pain in the torso or limbs that is physiological in origin, including neuropathic pain. Some of the common chronic pain conditions that are managed successfully with SCS include:

  • Complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS
  • Radicular pain caused by a herniated or bulging disc
  • Failed back syndrome, or FBS
  • Post-laminectomy pain
  • Degenerative disc disease, or DDD
  • Arachnoiditis or lumbar adhesive arachnoiditis
  • Peripheral causalgia

Patients that have these and other types of chronic pain may be good candidates for SCS. We perform extensive evaluations to determine whether SCS is the right fit for our patients. Some qualifying factors include:

  • The patient has chronic pain in the torso or limbs not effectively managed by other treatments
  • Surgery is low risk for the patient
  • The patient can operate the SCS device
  • Successful results from SCS trial
  • The patient is over 18, passes a psychological evaluation and understands the risk of surgery

Our patients at Medici Spine & Pain have had excellent results with spinal cord stimulation to reduce their chronic pain. If you are interested in learning more about this innovative treatment, contact us to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of Medici Spine & Pain

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To Dr. Sonny and all the staff at Marietta: What a wonderful appointment I had at Medici for epidural injections! I can't say enough about Jana and Sarah and the gentleman in the back and front office personnel also. They were so caring and friendly; it was quite entertaining while waiting for my turn! They have such a pleasant camaraderie together and engage the patients in conversation too. They bring a very comfortable atmosphere to all. It sure helped pass the time and alleviate any anxiety one might have. The best part is I walked out with NO PAIN. However, later I realized that was mostly due to the local anesthesia... Ha, ha on me! I know it is a temporary fix, but I will enjoy it as long as it is effective. I thank all who I've been in touch with during this journey. You're all awesome at all locations!! P.S. Jana and Sarah: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING ME ON AND OFF THOSE NARROW TORTUOUS BEDS!!!! It was my biggest fear!!! Blessings to all...."I'll be back!!"

Joy P.

Dr. Geiger is heaven sent. After one visit hearing my story of dealing with 13 years of awful pain from shingles, she changed my medications. That night I started the new medications and have remained pain free. I still use lidocaine patches but the new medications have made All the difference. She's deeply caring for her patients and thorough in her questions and examination. Too bad I didn't know of her earlier. She has changed my life and I thank God everyday she's in my life. I can't find enough words to praise her skills and thank her for being my caregiver. Apparently she has recently moved here from Florida and we are glad to have her here.

Dr. Dosanjh Patient

Dr. Dosanjh is extremely knowledgeable in his specialty with remarkable knowledge of anatomy and the causes of pain. His ability to diagnose the cause of pain and then provide a complete set of progressive options for resolution is superb. His friendly demeanor enhances the doctor-patient relationship.

Madinah A.

This is MY GUY here I love sonny so much people dont even understand. Whe my primary didnt know what was wrong g with me Sonny did sent me for MRI and it was good from there. I been with sonny for 4 years and counting if I ever move Im coming to Sonny. Also every staff member he got is family to me. When I say this is a dam good doctor HE IS THE BEST.


Everyone in this office is TERRIFIC. Starting from the front office checking in, and going into the room for my visit with dr. Sonny Dosanjh. Dr. Sonny is EXCELLENT he really cares about his patients, he listens to what I have to say, does not interrupt me, he is very concerned about what is going on with me and my health concerns. He really cares. I would highly recommend this office to anyone! They really care and they are genuine. My PCP recommended Dr. Sonny and I'm ever so grateful for that

Dr. Dosanjh Patient

Thoroughly appreciated the medical services provided by Dr. Dosanjh. Dr. Dosanjh is very confident in his patient care and concern. I would definitely refer others and have been telling others about my experience at Medici Spine & Pain both Kennesaw and Buckhead. I wish he took my insurance, as I have injuries not related to my work incident for which I was seeing Dr. Dosanjh. Thank you so very much, Dr. Dosanjh! The staff is warm, welcoming and cheerful and most helpful.


Dr. Dosanjh is a very smart, caring doctor who is highly skilled in his field. He spends whatever time is necessary to "hear" his patients and to explain the proper and best results course of action. I have a very complicated head and neck injury, so it was essential to me to have someone who truly listened with undivided attention, and thought outside the box when necessary. His staff is exemplary. They could not be more helpful and thoughtful. Lucy in particular is a gift of sunshine.

Jill C.

Dr. Sonny is the best! He has done more for me in 2 months than my previous doctor did in 14 years! If you truly want to get out of pain, then contact Dr. Sonny immediately! I just cannot reiterate how incredible a doctor he is! For that matter, his entire staff is warm and inviting! And to top it off, as a patient you get free use of their amazing gym. Highly, highly, highly recommend Dr. Sonny!

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