Neuromodulation implant treatment optimisation

If you are planning on getting a spinal cord stimulator or other implantable stimulation treatment for chronic pain management, your Pain Specialist may have referred you to an Occupational Therapist. This is for an assessment prior to implant, and follow up post implant and is a very important aspect of your treatment process. It will give you the best opportunity of having a successful outcome with your treatment, as well as helping you to make the most of this treatment. All the research around spinal cord stimulation states that a multidisciplinary approach to assessment and treatment leads to the best outcomes. When you have your occupational therapy assessment prior to spinal cord stimulation, your occupational therapist will discuss a number of things with you. Your OT will check that you have a good understanding of the procedure, and the expected outcomes. They will discuss your goals of treatment with you. They will check that you are in the best possible biological, psychological and social position to undergo this type of treatment. If there are barriers, or areas for improvement, your OT can assist you to make and carry out a suitable plan of action. Your OT will also assist you with a suitable rehabilitation plan post implant. We recommend you see your occupational therapist at least once prior to implant for assessment, and then at least twice post implant for rehabilitation.