Varying SCS Frequency for Patients with Low Back Pain

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Review the journal article and evidentiary table that analyzed spinal cord stimulation and the effects of varying frequency on sham effect and placebo response. The paper, Prospective, Randomized, Sham-Control, Double Blind, Crossover Trial of Subthreshold Spinal Cord Stimulation at Various Kilohertz Frequencies in Subjects Suffering From Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (SCS Frequency Study), was critically reviewed by SIS Research Division members Nathaniel M. Schuster, MD and Byron J. Schneider, MD.

Once you review the article and evidentiary table, you will be asked to complete a quiz to earn continuing medical education (CME) credits.

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Materials presented in this activity have been made available by the Spine Intervention Society for educational purposes only. We reserve all rights to such material.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Examine emerging literature to mitigate risks and to practice spine interventions safely and best protect patients
  • Discuss the application of evidence-based medicine principle to recent research findings
  • Apply research findings to the practice of ethical, evidence-based interventional spine care

Research Division Reviewers Disclosure Information
Nathaniel M. Schuster, MD
Nothing to disclose

Byron J. Schneider, MD
Nothing to disclose

Nathaniel M. Schuster, MD
Medical advisor: Karuna Labs
Grant support: Eli Lilly, Migraine Research Foundation, Association of Migraine Disorders, American Association of Orofacial Pain

Bryon J. Schneider, MD
Consultant: Professional Disabilities Associates
Advisory committee: Tennessee Advisory Group - Spine Episodes of Care
Position in physician society/association: NASS, SIS
Travel expenses: NASS, SIS

Accreditation Statement
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement 
SIS designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Commercial Support
No commercial support was received for this activity.

Date of Activity Release: 9/4/2018 
Date of Activity Expiration: 9/3/2021

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