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Human Studies

2019 Jan

Pain Physician



High Level of Childhood Trauma Predicts a Poor Response to Spinal Cord Stimulation in Chronic Neuropathic Pain.


Maatta J, Martikainen A, Pakarinen M, Ikaheimo T-M, Nissen M, von Und Zu Fraunberg M, Viinamaki H, Huttunen J
Pain Physician. 2019 Jan; 22(1):E37-E44.
PMID: 30700077.


Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) relieves pain by delivering doses of electric current to the dorsal column of the spinal cord and has been found to be most effective in the treatment of neuropathic pain. Psychological distress is a significant risk factor for the development of chronic pain and has been found to affect the outcome of SCS. Childhood trauma is a risk factor for chronic pain, but has not previously been studied in SCS patients.