Is There a Difference Between Neurostimulation and Spinal Cord Stimulation?
No. Both terms are correct when talking about this therapy for chronic pain. Although doctors may prefer one term over the other, "neurostimulation" and "spinal cord stimulation" refer to the same thing.
Medtronic was the first company to develop neurostimulation, over 35 years ago. Back then, "neurostimulation" was the term used to describe this pain therapy. In 1976 Medtronic introduced a spinal cord stimulator that sent pulsing signals through a lead to the intrathecal space around the spinal cord. Since then, "spinal cord stimulation" has referred to stimulation of the spinal cord for the relief of chronic pain.
Other companies have followed with their own neurostimulation systems. Although "spinal cord stimulation" is a more specific term, both "neurostimulation" and "spinal cord stimulation" are now used to describe the same chronic pain therapy.