Peripheral Nerve Stimulator

Block Pain Signals from Peripheral Nerves

Peripheral nerve stimulation is a groundbreaking treatment option for individuals suffering from chronic pain. If you're exploring alternatives to traditional pain management methods, a Peripheral Nerve Stimulator (PNS) trial might be the solution you've been searching for. Learn more about how this innovative technology can help you manage your pain and improve your quality of life.

What is a Peripheral Nerve Stimulator?

A Peripheral Nerve Stimulator (PNS) is a minimally invasive medical device designed to provide relief from chronic pain. It works by sending electrical impulses to nerves located near the site of pain, effectively blocking pain signals from reaching the brain. Unlike medications that can have widespread effects and potential side effects, PNS targets pain directly at its source, offering a more precise and effective treatment.

How Does it Work?

First used in 1967, and significantly advanced and refined over the last decades, peripheral nerve stimulators operate in two primary modes: one that produces a tingling sensation (paresthesia) and another that alleviates pain without any sensation (sub-perception). These devices help mute chronic, maladaptive pain by quieting overactive nerves, much like noise-canceling headphones reduce background noise. Modern PNS technology allows for more elegant and effective nerve stimulation, providing better pain management outcomes.

What Type of Pain Does it Treat?

Peripheral nerve stimulators are highly effective in treating various types of chronic pain, particularly those associated with nerve damage. Conditions that can benefit from PNS include:

  • Mononeuropathy in extremities
  • Post-operative pain (e.g., knee replacements, ankle surgeries)
  • Arthritis affecting a single joint
  • Chronic pain localized to one or two specific nerves

PNS is particularly useful for patients who are not ideal candidates for more invasive procedures, or those who cannot tolerate certain medications or anesthesia.

Can I Control the PNS Device Myself?

Yes, you can control the peripheral nerve stimulator yourself. One of the significant benefits of PNS devices is their high level of customization. Patients are provided with a controller that allows them to adjust the settings of the stimulator, switching between modes to suit their pain management needs. This ability to personalize the device ensures that you can find the most effective settings for your pain relief.

Additionally, during the trial period, you will have the opportunity to test and adjust the device in the comfort of your own home. This trial helps determine if the PNS provides adequate pain relief before moving forward with a permanent implant. The flexibility and control offered by PNS devices empower you to take an active role in managing your chronic pain.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Peripheral Nerve Stimulator?

You might be a suitable candidate for a peripheral nerve stimulator if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have chronic pain localized to one or two nerves.
  • You suffer from conditions such as severe postoperative pain, mononeuropathy, or arthritis in a single joint.
  • You are unable to undergo major surgery due to health reasons or prefer to avoid more invasive treatments.
  • You are seeking a targeted pain management solution that can be customized to your specific needs.

Before committing to a permanent implant, you will undergo a trial period with a temporary PNS device to determine its effectiveness for your particular condition. If the trial results in significant pain relief (typically a 50-60% improvement), a permanent device may be recommended.

Discover if a peripheral nerve stimulator trial is right for you by consulting with our pain management specialists. Find a Pain Specialist near you and take the first step towards a pain-free life today.