Peripheral nerve stimulation is when electrodes are implanted along the peripheral nerves to help control pain caused by several chronic conditions. The electrodes administer a weak electrical pulse directly to the nerve which disrupts the signal to the brain.
Pain caused by the following conditions can be treated with peripheral nerve stimulation:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Pain from surgery
- Post-herpetic neuralgia
- Nerve injuries
- Lumbar post-laminectomy syndrome
Patients with peripheral nerve stimulation can often discontinue use of pain medications or significantly decrease their use. When combined with behavioral therapies to address depression or anxiety that can come from living with chronic pain, peripheral nerve stimulation can be very effective in helping some people manage their long-term pain and regain a higher quality of life.
If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic pain and interested in discussing treatment options including peripheral nerve stimulation, the physicians at Cedar Hill Pain and Rehab can help.