Editor-in-Chief: Alaa Abd-Elsayed, MD, PhD
BACKGROUND: The treatment of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a difficult endeavor. The advent of neuromodulation interventions has led to new therapeutic options for chronic pain syndromes. Coinciding neuromodulation devices, such as spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and dorsal root ganglion stimulation (DRGS), may have a part in refractory CRPS.
CASE REPORT: The authors present a case of a 50-year-old man status post a traumatic skiing accident 3 years prior to presentation with residual CRPS symptoms after an SCS implant. Additional multilevel coverage for refractory chronic neuropathic pain was achieved with the implantation of multiple DRGS devices.
DISCUSSION: This case provides support for the use of DRGS in patients needing supplementary neuropathic pain coverage. Outcomes were reflected in diminished pain scores, an enriched quality of life, and enhanced functional capacity measures.
KEY WORDS: Complex regional pain syndrome, dorsal root ganglion stimulator, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, neuromodulation, spinal cord stimulator, spinal cord stimulation, chronic pain, case report