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2019 Apr

Neurosurg Clin N Am



Nerve Stimulation for Pain.


Corriveau M, Lake W, Hanna A
Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2019 Apr; 30(2):257-264.
PMID: 30898276.


Nerve stimulation is a reversible technique that is used successfully for the treatment of traumatic neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndrome, and craniofacial neuropathic pain. Nerve field stimulation targets painful regions rather than a single nerve and has expanded indications, including axial low back pain. Appropriate patient education and motivation are crucial prior to surgery. Ongoing research is necessary to provide high-level evidence for the use of nerve stimulation. Most electrodes are primarily designed for spinal cord stimulation, hence the need to develop nerve electrodes dedicated for nerve stimulation.