What is a Peripheral Nerve Stimulator?
With patients who are suffering from Diabetic Neuropathy and Nerve Damage (Neuropathy), we often recommend peripheral nerve stimulators (also called peripheral nerve field stimulation). These devices:
- Introduce an electrical current to the source of your chronic pain.
- Have a stimulator lead and an electrode placed along the path of your peripheral nerve under anesthetic.
- Deliver low-level electrical impulses to control pain through nerve stimulation.
- Block one or more of the nerves which are transmitting most of the pain, to prevent the perception of pain from traveling to your brain.
Benefits of Peripheral Nerve Stimulator for Pain
Peripheral nerve stimulation can be very effective in reducing chronic pain from certain conditions.
Most peripheral nerve stimulation procedures are performed on an outpatient basis—and complications are rare.
The intensity of the stimulator can be changed to provide optimal pain relief.
In two clinical studies, patients treated with the peripheral nerve stimulator experienced clinically and statistically significant improvement in back pain—and were able to reduce their pain medication intake.