Peripheral Nerve Stimulation – Austin, TX

Peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) is commonly used to treat long-lasting chronic pain in the peripheral nerves, located outside of the brain and spinal cord. The procedure involves sending electrical currents to the nerves that will help ease the pain. There are several conditions that can be treated with PNS including:

Shoulder Pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Trigeminal, Posttherpetic, or Occipital neuralgia
  • Headache disorders
  • Nerve injuries

How does peripheral nerve stimulation work to treat pain?

PNS is recommended to patients that have not experienced pain relief from pain medications, physical therapy or other treatments. The process works by implanting a small electrical device that sends the electrical currents to the nerves. These currents alter the way the nerves send pain signals to the brain. The device is small and can be implanted under the skin by making a small incision or using a needle to insert it; this can be a painless procedure using local anesthesia. The implant is permanent and the patient will be able to control the device at any time. 

Before undergoing PNS treatment, a patient will be examined to determine the treatment will be a good fit. After completing an evaluation, the patient will go through a trial run with an external device sending electrical currents to the nerves. If the trial is effective in relieving pain, then the permanent PNS procedure can be conducted.

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Treatment Recovery

Once the patient is sent home, light activity is advised over the next few weeks. Once the surgery site is healed and the device does not seem to be causing problems, patients can resume to normal activities. PNS treatment is proven to be effective in treating chronic pain. Results may be immediate or develop over time.

Chronic Pain Management in Austin

If you are struggling with chronic pain or have experienced a type of nerve damage, you may be a good candidate for peripheral nerve stimulation. Our Austin pain management doctors can work with you to determine the best solution for treating your pain. Call (512) 981-7246 today to discuss peripheral nerve stimulation treatment at Diagnostic Pain Center in Austin.