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2022 Aug




Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for Treatment of Cluneal Neuropathy Case Study.


Soteropoulos C, Pergolizzi J, Nagarakanti S, Gharibo C
Cureus. 2022 Aug; 14(8):e28033.
PMID: 36120219.


Chronic low back pain is a prevalent and sometimes debilitating condition. This case report describes a 69-year-old female presenting with axial spine pain. The pain was inadequately controlled by opioids as she was treated unsuccessfully with hydrocodone and remained to have the pain between 7/10 and 10/10. Peripheral neural stimulation (PNS) was trialed and then used to control her pain. PNS is a device-based treatment option that appears effective in a subset of patients. It has been effectively used to treat many different chronic pain syndromes. The patient responded well to the treatment, with her pain intensity going down to between 2/10 and 5/10 on the same scale. She was able to discontinue her use of opioids. PNS can be a safe and effective treatment in patients who have not responded well to pharmacologic analgesia.