What Is a Peripheral Nerve Stimulator?
For patients who are suffering from diabetic neuropathy, nerve damage (neuropathy), complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), or any nerve entrapment syndrome (also known as nerve compression syndrome) of the arms, hands, legs, or feet, we often recommend the peripheral nerve stimulator (also called peripheral nerve field stimulation), via the following devices:
- Introducing an electrical current to the source of your chronic pain.
- Having a peripheral nerve stimulator lead and an electrode placed along the peripheral nerve path under anesthetic.
- Delivering low-level electrical impulses to control pain through a peripheral nerve stimulator.
- Blocking one or more of the nerves, which transmit most of the pain, prevents the perception of pain from traveling to your brain.
Peripheral Nerve Stimulator Benefits
Peripheral nerve stimulation can be very effective in reducing chronic pain from certain conditions. Typically, peripheral nerve stimulator 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.