Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
What is Peripheral Nerve Stimulation?
Peripheral neuropathy and similar conditions can cause a wide range of symptoms including pain, tingling, numbness, muscle spasms and mobility problems that can be difficult to treat. Peripheral nerve stimulation is an exciting therapy that many patients dealing with pain are finding success with. Similar to spinal cord stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation uses electrodes to send a gentle current through the nerves causing symptoms.
The gentle current causes a sensation known as paresthesia, which disrupts how pain signals related to peripheral neuropathy are interpreted by the brain. A large number of people with nerve pain have a positive response to this form of stimulation.
After a trial period to determine if the treatment is effective, surgeons implant a small battery pack connected to electrodes in the treatment site. This is accomplished through a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure and the assistance of image guidance.
Peripheral nerve stimulation procedures performed by the experienced surgeons at Physician Partners of America require minimal recovery and down time.
What conditions does peripheral nerve stimulation help?
Peripheral nerve stimulation can offer lasting relief for conditions causing peripheral nerve pain, including:
- Peripheral neuropathy caused by type 2 diabetes
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Nerve injuries
- Side effects from medications and treatments such as chemotherapy
- Genetic conditions
- Autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, such as Guillain-Barre syndrome or rheumatoid arthritis
- Nerve pain related to alcohol abuse disorder
Minimally invasive procedures such as peripheral nerve stimulation are usually attempted if initial conservative treatments do not relieve pain. Work with your pain management specialists to determine if this type of treatment is right for you.