Neuropathy

Neuropathy refers to the many conditions that result from damage to the nervous system. Damage to peripheral nerves, or damage to the central nervous system (CNS), can result in neuropathic pain (“nerve pain”). More than 20 million people in the United States have been estimated to have some form of peripheral neuropathy. It is often misdiagnosed due to its complex array of symptoms.

Symptoms can range from mild to disabling but is rarely life threatening. The symptoms depend on the type of nerve fibers affected and the type and severity of damage. Symptoms may develop over days, weeks, or years. In some cases the symptoms improve without intervention. Other cases may require advanced care.

Treatments depend on the type of nerve damage, symptoms, and location of the pain. Your doctor will explain how nerve damage is causing specific symptoms and how to minimize and manage them.

Treatments Include:

  • Treating the underlying cause
  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Psychological treatments
  • Biofeedback
  • Acupuncture
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation

Peripheral Nerve Stimulator

Peripheral nerve stimulator is a medication-free treatment of painful conditions including peripheral neuropathy. Rather than going in your spine, such as the spinal cord stimulator, this treatment targets the nerve or nerves that cause most of the pain. The pain treatment is based on interruption of signals that transmit pain. Although the entirety of the science of why this treatment works is not understood, there are many studies proving that this treatment is helpful in relieving pain and improving the life of many, many patients.

Peripheral nerve stimulation involves placing a thin wire near the nerve/s that is causing you most of the pain. The wire is connected to a small generator which, like a cardiac pacemaker, sends electricity that results in pain relief. This is done in the operating room with anesthesia. Prior to this permanent placement, you will have a trial at our clinic where the thin wires are placed percutaneously, and attached to a stimulator that rests on your skin. Our board-certified physicians, Dr. Ivie and Dr. Caballero, can help you decide whether peripheral nerve stimulation is a good choice for you.

Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation is a medication-free treatment of painful conditions. The pain treatment is based on interruption of signals that transmit pain. Although the entirety of the science of why this treatment works is not understood, there are many studies proving that this treatment is helpful in relieving pain and improving the life of many, many patients.

Spinal cord stimulation involves insertion of a small device under your skin (usually the buttocks) which is connected to a thin wire that is placed along your spinal column. This is done in the operating room with anesthesia. Our board-certified physicians, Dr. Ivie and Dr. Caballero, can help you decide whether this is a good option for your and explain the process in detail. Spinal cord stimulation relieve pain that is persistent or recurring after back surgeries (some people call this condition post-laminectomy syndrome)

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