Spinal Cord Stimulators and Related Therapies

Updated 11/15/2017

The healthpsych.com YouTube Channel offers training videos for professionals on the biopsychosocial model, with a particular empasis on the assessment and treatment of patients with chronic pain, and psychological evaluations to assess patients potential to respond to spinal cord stimulators and other medical treatments.

Published in The Pain Pratitioner in June 2017, this paper provides answers to common questions about the risks, benefits and complications associated with spinal cord stimulation treatment. It also discusses methods for predicting which patients will respond positively to this treatment.

This Primer and Glossary explains the nature of the various types of spinal cord stimulation treatments, how they are believed to work, and how patients should be evaluated for these treatments. When surgeries or treatments with medications are not an option, spinal cord stimulation and related treatments are evidence-based electrical treatments for pain and other disorders. As these treatments are unfamiliar to many psychologists, this document explains the terms and concepts of this treatment modality.

This link takes you to a video recording of a CE webinar sponsored by Pearson Assessments about the presurgical psychological evaluation of candidates for spinal cord stimulation treatments

This link takes you to the webinar handout

This link takes you to a document that addresses questions asked by those who attended the SCS webinar


Presurgical Psychological Evaluations for Spinal Cord Stimulators