Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, nearly 21% of Americans live with chronic pain? That’s a whopping 51.6 million adults who are experiencing pain that lasts for more than three months. Of those, 17.1 million struggle with chronic pain that significantly limits their ability to engage in routine daily activities.
The need for more chronic pain treatment options has never been greater. That’s why The Nexus Pain Center is dedicated to helping patients live more fulfilling lives by offering a comprehensive range of innovative medical solutions. One such treatment is peripheral nerve stimulation, which utilizes electrical pulses to block certain nerves from sending pain signals to the brain.
Understanding Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
If medication and physical therapy are not enough to treat your chronic pain, you may be interested in learning more about nerve stimulation therapy. This neuropathic pain solution utilizes a series of electrodes that deliver a small electrical charge. This pulse stimulates nerves in the region where your pain is located, thus reducing the pain signal to your brain.
Benefits of Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
With peripheral nerve stimulation, an electrode provides an electric charge, prompting the body to naturally produce hormones that decrease pain levels. With peripheral nerve stimulation, the electrical energy obstructs certain nerves and alters how the nerves respond and fire. This minimally invasive chronic pain treatment can significantly improve quality of life and decrease or eliminate the use of opioid medication.
Why Choose The Nexus Pain Center
At The Nexus Pain Center, our goal is to help patients live more fulfilling lives by offering a range of innovative medical solutions to combat chronic pain. Our clinical team is comprised of highly skilled physicians and clinicians to provide personalized care to our patients via minimally invasive procedures and effective medication management. We operate several conveniently located state-of-the-art facilities in Columbus, GA, Fayetteville, GA, LaGrange, GA, Newnan, GA, and McDonough, GA.
Our Approach to Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
The Nexus Pain Center is a pain management clinic offering cutting edge treatments, from medication management to minimally invasive procedures. If you are interested in peripheral nerve stimulation, we will provide a comprehensive consultation to ensure you are a good candidate for this treatment. On the day of treatment, doctors will utilize ultrasound or x-ray to place a tiny electrode onto the skin near one of the peripheral nerves. The device will produce a rapid pulse that the patient may feel as a tingle sensation. This mild sensation essentially replaces the pain that was previously felt. The device can be controlled via an app or controller to adjust the electric pulse intensity.
Preparing For Your Nerve Stimulation Therapy
On the day of your peripheral nerve stimulation treatment, you may be asked to fill in several pain charts for baseline data. This information will help to guide the procedure and monitor your response to the treatment. During the treatment, you will be awake, though under a local anesthetic. Once placed, the specialist will test the electrodes to ensure they are in proper position. There is little to no recovery time involved, as peripheral nerve stimulation is a minimally invasive treatment.
The Nexus Pain Center is a leading healthcare organization providing innovative medical solutions for every type of patient. If you are interested in exploring our treatment options, please contact us to schedule a consultation.
Peripheral Nerve Stimulation FAQs
What is Peripheral Nerve Stimulation and how does it work?
Peripheral nerve stimulation uses electrical energy to block certain nerves from communicating pain signals to the brain. An electrode is placed near a target nerve. That electrical pulse emitted is controlled by the patient in order to adjust the system to maximize pain relief. The electrical pulses help relax muscles and reduce pain, as well as stimulate endorphins that serve as the body’s natural painkiller.
Who is an ideal candidate for Peripheral Nerve Stimulation?
If your chronic pain is isolated to a specific region of the body, you may be a good candidate for peripheral nerve stimulation. This may include pain associated with migraines, shoulder or knee pain, fibromyalgia or chronic regional pain syndrome. If nerve pain is a result of surgery, trauma, amputation or diabetes, you may also be a prime candidate for nerve stimulation therapy.
What kind of pain conditions does Peripheral Nerve Stimulation treat?
Peripheral nerve stimulation can be used to manage a range of chronic pain conditions. These may include limb pain, knee, shoulder or back pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, peripheral nerve injuries and complex regional pain syndrome.
Is Peripheral Nerve Stimulation a safe procedure?
Peripheral nerve stimulation is a minimally invasive pain management treatment option that is considered to be extremely safe. Nerve stimulation is an approach that has been used to treat chronic pain since the 1960s.
How long does it take to see results from Peripheral Nerve Stimulation?
Typically speaking, if a patient is a good candidate for peripheral nerve stimulation, they will begin to feel relief within 1-3 days. However, for some patients, maximum relief may not be felt until day 5.
Are there any side effects associated with Peripheral Nerve Stimulation?
While peripheral nerve stimulation is a safe procedure, there is always a risk of infection, bleeding or allergic reaction. Mild short-term side effects may also include headache, dizziness or nausea.
Will I need multiple sessions, and how are they scheduled?
Every patients is different when it comes to peripheral nerve stimulation. You may need a series of sessions to begin to experience improvement. During your consultation you will meet with a board-certified physician to discuss your unique, personalized treatment plan.
Can Peripheral Nerve Stimulation be combined with other pain treatments?
Peripheral nerve stimulation may be used in conjunction with other treatments, including medication and physical therapy.
Is Peripheral Nerve Stimulation covered by insurance?
Peripheral nerve stimulation may be covered by insurance for relief of chronic pain for patients who are unresponsive to other treatment methods. It is always best to have the patient or provider check the insurance coverage prior to treatment. At The Nexus Pain Center, it is our pleasure to follow-up on insurance coverage. Please contact us if you have any insurance related questions.
How can I schedule a consultation for Peripheral Nerve Stimulation at The Nexus Pain Center?
We are here for you! The Nexus Pain Center offers consultations are several convenient office locations in Georgia, including, Columbus, Fayetteville, LaGrange, Newnan and McDonough. You may schedule a consultation at any of our locations by calling 1-877-9NEXUS6 or by submitting an online appointment request form. We look forward to helping you on your journey to improved quality of life.