Peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) is a medical treatment used to relieve chronic pain. It involves the use of a small device, similar to a pacemaker, that is implanted under the skin to send electrical impulses to the peripheral nerves in the body. These electrical impulses work to interrupt pain signals that are being sent to the brain, thereby reducing the sensation of pain.
PNS can be used to treat a variety of chronic pain conditions, including nerve damage, neuropathy, and chronic back or neck pain. It is often used when other treatments, such as medication or physical therapy, have not provided sufficient relief.
The procedure for implanting the PNS device involves placing a small electrode near the nerve or nerves responsible for the pain. The electrode is then connected to the device, which is implanted under the skin, typically in the abdomen or buttocks. The device is then programmed to send electrical impulses to the nerves at regular intervals, based on the patient’s individual needs.
PNS is generally considered safe, although there are some potential risks and side effects, such as infection, bleeding, and device malfunction. It’s important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of PNS with a healthcare provider to determine if it is a suitable treatment option for your specific condition.« Back to Glossary Index