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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Spinal Cord Stimulation course held at LSU Center for Advanced Practice

Spinal Cord Stimulation is a procedure in which small electrodes are implanted over the Spinal Cord to deliver low voltage electrical stimulation to the nerve fibers headed to the brain. It is used to treat forms of pain for which no other good treatments exist.

It has been crucial in restoring quality of life for people with such hard-to-treat disorders as Failed Back Syndrome and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. While the concept has been around for years, recent advances in technology have made the devices much more successful and convenient. Still, there aren't that many doctors who are familiar with the therapy.

One of the companies that makes an FDA approved spinal cord stimulation system (ANS) has partnered with several experienced physicians including an LSU faculty member, to teach area physicians about this technique. The course participants are primarily from the surrounding region, but some come from as far as Canada!

This is an important service to the area, and we hope that LSU continues to partner with outside organizations and industry to provide continuing education for our area physicians.

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