Pacing the Brain for Pain: Motor Cortex Stimulation, Part II

When all hope is lost and you’re at your breaking point due to pain, electrical stimulation of the brain may be a way out. This is known as motor cortex stimulation (MCS). Although not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for pain control, MCS is particularly promising for unyielding facial and stroke pain. Tracey Zappola shares …

Pacing the Brain for Pain: Motor Cortex Stimulation, Part I

When all hope is lost and you’re at your breaking point due to pain, electrical stimulation of the brain may be a way out. This is known as motor cortex stimulation (MCS). Although not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for pain control, MCS is particularly promising for unyielding facial and stroke pain. Tracey Zappola shares …

Pain Pacemakers for the Spinal Cord

Electrical stimulation for the treatment of pain has been around for thousands of years. Learn about neurostimulation, a technique that uses electric impulses to relieve chronic pain. You’ll hear a riveting story from Adam Hammond, a former member of the US Army Golden Nights Parachute Team, as he describes how a nerve stimulator restored his life …

Pain Pacemakers for the Brain: Deep Brain Stimulation

Electrical stimulation of areas deep inside the brain is used to treat severe tremors and movement disorders caused by conditions like Parkinson’s disease. Our guests Thomas Ashley shares a true story of triumph over “firelike” pain and neurosurgeon Dr. Andre Machado, the Cleveland Clinic, explores this fascinating therapy of accessing our inner brain for pain …

Innovations in Spinal Cord Stimulation

Nerve stimulation with small doses of electricity has been used for pain relief since Egyptian and Roman times. In this show, we’ll learn about exciting advances in neurostimulation for controlling pain. Andy Magruder shares his compelling story of how a pain pacemaker transformed his life following three spinal surgeries.  And then, Dr. Giancarlo Barolat, neurosurgeon …