Are traditional back pain relief methods no longer working? Pain Care Boise in downtown Boise, Idaho, offers peripheral nerve stimulation treatments (PNS) as a way to alleviate pain and improve your quality of life. An experienced pain management team, headed up by highly trained doctors William Binegar, MD, and Christopher Vaughan, MD, are here to help restore your mobilty. Call the office today or schedule your consultation online now.
PNS is exciting new technology being similar to SCS (Spinal Cord Stimulation). Instead of the electrodes being placed in the spine, the electrode is placed next to a peripheral nerve.
Prior to the trial and the implant we’ll first do a DIAGNOSTIC NERVE block with numbing medicine only. If this takes away your pain the day of the injection, then we go on to the next step. The next step is similar to again SCS where we do a trial.
Again this is what people really like about PNS (& SCS) is you can first do this trial prior to the implant. With a trial we place the electrode next to the peripheral nerve with image guidance (typically Ultrasound-sometimes with x-ray). The end of the lead is not tunneled under the skin during the trial.
You go home for 4-7 days doing your normal activities to see if this helps your pain. If indeed you have benefit, then you are scheduled for the implant. With the implant the lead is tunneled along with the generator that is built into the lead. One of the drawbacks with PNS, is you are required to wear a garment that contains the external transmitter over the lead. Typically, you only need to wear the garment for 2-4 hours at a time once or twice a day.