Peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) is a pain management technique that uses electrodes on your peripheral nerves to control pain. Your peripheral nerves are part of your nervous system in your brain and spinal cord. These nerves can be damaged or injured by surgical procedures or traumatic injury. Sometimess after surgery, the nerves can be trapped in scar tissue and start to cause the patient pain. The electrodes placed on the nerves create a tingling sensation, which interrupts the pain signal being sent to the brain. The device that is used is safe and provides effective treatment of pain.
What Conditions Does PNS Treat?
The use of PNS has been successful in treating numerous painful nerve conditions. These include the following:
- Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
- Occipital neuralgia
- Post-amputation pain
- Ilioinguinal/iliohypogastric neuropathy
- Post-herpetic neuralgia
- Post-thoracotomy syndrome
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Intercostal neuralgia
- Meralgia Paresthetica (also known as Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Neuropathy)
- Pain after hernia surgery