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2019 Apr

Neurosurg Clin N Am



Evolving Techniques and Indications in Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for Pain.


Banks GP, Winfree CJ
Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2019 Apr; 30(2):265-273.
PMID: 30898277.


Peripheral nerve stimulation is the direct electrical stimulation of named nerves outside the central neuraxis to alleviate pain in the distribution of the targeted peripheral nerve. These treatments have shown efficacy in treating a variety of neuropathic, musculoskeletal, and visceral refractory pain pathologies; although not first line, these therapies are an important part of the treatment repertoire for chronic pain. With careful patient selection and judicious choice of stimulation technique, excellent results can be achieved for a variety of pain etiologies and distributions. This article reviews current and past practices of peripheral nerve stimulation and upcoming advancements in the field.