More than 20% of adults in the United States suffer from chronic pain. Unfortunately, no single treatment works for all chronic pain conditions. When traditional medical care fails to provide adequate relief, Kenneth Wu, MD, Thomas White, MD, and Yoann Millet, MD, at The Sprintz Center in Shenandoah, Texas, offer peripheral nerve stimulation. Schedule an appointment to see how peripheral nerve stimulation can help you. Call the office or book a consultation online today.
Peripheral nerve stimulation is an interventional pain management treatment for chronic pain. It’s a type of neuromodulation that alters the pain signals from your peripheral nerves — the nerves outside your spinal cord that run to your limbs and organs to your central nervous system.
Peripheral nerve stimulation works by sending a mild electrical current to the peripheral nerves causing your pain. The electrical current modifies or masks the pain signal sent to your brain, which reduces the uncomfortable sensation.
When you suffer from a chronic pain condition that no longer responds to oral pain medication or physical therapy, you may be a candidate for peripheral nerve stimulation.
Some chronic pain conditions that benefit from peripheral nerve stimulation include:
Before recommending peripheral nerve stimulation, The Sprintz Center team conducts a comprehensive physical and neuropsychological exam. They also run a peripheral nerve stimulation trial.
During your peripheral nerve stimulation trial, your provider at The Sprintz Center places temporary electrodes along the peripheral nerves causing your pain. Then they connect the leads to a wireless transmitter you wear on your waist.
Over the next week, you track your pain level in a journal as you go about your daily routine and activities. If you have significant pain relief during the trial, your provider then recommends surgery for permanent placement of the electrode leads.
Peripheral nerve stimulation could significantly relieve your chronic pain and help you live the life you desire. Schedule a consultation at The Sprintz Center to see how peripheral nerve stimulation may help you get relief from your chronic pain; call the office or book an appointment online today.