Improvement of muscle strenght independently of analgesic effect following spinal cord stimulation: A case report

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Abstract

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is frequently used for relief of chronic benign pain resistant to conservative therapies. Clinical practice suggests, at least in patients with failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), the possibility that SCS significantly improves motor performances. We present here the case of a 41-years-old female patient with FBSS, who showed a clear improvement in muscle strength after SCS, persisting at 6-months follow-up. We speculate that the electrical stimulation of posterior columns could potentiate the caudal, segmental spinal reflexes resulting in a facilitation of motoneurons activation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-275
Number of pages3
JournalEuropa Medicophysica
Volume40
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Keywords

  • Muscle strength
  • Neuro-pathic pain
  • Spinal cord stimulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation

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