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Patients having chronic pain (greater than 6 months) who do not respond to other therapies (such as medications, physical therapy, and surgery) may be a candidate for SCS. A physician (such as a physiatrist, anesthesiologist, neurosurgeon, or orthopedic spine surgeon) versed in spinal cord stimulation can conduct an evaluation of the patient history, physical examination, laboratory and radiographic findings. Most insurers also require a psychological evaluation. These findings can then be submitted to the payor for preauthorization.
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