Peripheral nerve stimulation is a treatment that works to control pain in a similar way to spinal cord stimulation. Instead of targeting nerves in the spine, however, the treatment targets peripheral nerves which are elsewhere in the body. These nerves are outside the brain and spinal cord and travel through all of your muscles and organs.
If you’re a candidate for peripheral nerve stimulation as a treatment for your pain, the team at Southern Pain and Spine implants a small device near a nerve. The device transmits electrical signals that interrupt the pain signals from the nerve before they reach your brain. It comes with a battery or power source and a remote control that you use to operate it.
Peripheral nerve stimulation is a versatile treatment option for numerous chronic pain-causing conditions. The team at Southern Pain and Spine often includes it in a comprehensive treatment plan alongside physical medicine and rehabilitation to improve your function and quality of life.
Peripheral nerve stimulation may be part of your treatment plan for:
Peripheral nerve stimulation involves a simple procedure to implant the device and is an excellent treatment option for those who want to reduce or eliminate the need for narcotic pain medications.
Getting a peripheral nerve stimulator involves an implantation procedure with the team at Southern Pain and Spine. Before you get your permanent device, you go through a trial period with a temporary device. If you don’t experience significant pain relief from using the device during the trial period, peripheral nerve stimulation may not be the best choice for you.
If the trial period is a success, the team at Southern Pain and Spine can conduct the implantation procedure. They place permanent electrodes near the offending nerve site and implant the battery pack beneath your skin. The entire implantation procedure takes less than an hour and happens in the office at Southern Pain and Spine.
The team adjusts the settings on your device and teaches you how to use it and maintain it. The batteries in your peripheral nerve stimulator last for several years, and when you need to replace them, the team can do so easily.
Schedule your consultation for peripheral nerve stimulation with Southern Pain and Spine by calling the nearest office or requesting a referral online today.