A neurostimulator is a medical device that sends electrical signals to the brain, spinal cord, or nerves to help regulate pain. It is often used in conjunction with other forms of treatment for chronic conditions such as diabetic peripheral neuropathy and fibromyalgia. This minimally invasive treatment for chronic pain has many benefits. If you are considering neurostimulation, it is important to understand how it works and the conditions it can help treat.
Perhaps you, or someone you know, is suffering from chronic pain that has been persistent despite aggressive therapy. Our understanding of the mechanisms that cause and treat chronic pain have greatly advanced in the last 30 years.
Neurostimulation for Foot and Ankle: Treat Chronic Pain in DFW
A podiatrist will examine your feet and evaluate the cause and severity of your pain to determine if neurostimulation would be a viable treatment option. Neurostimulators are most commonly used to treat chronic foot or ankle pain caused by the following conditions:
- Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
- Reflex sympathetic distrophy (type 1 Complex regional pain syndrome)
- Causalgia (type 2 Complex regional pain syndrome)
- Post-traumatic pain syndrome
Meet Our Primary Relief Vagal Nerve Stimulator
The Primary Relief Vagal Nerve stimulator is a cutting-edge therapy which has proved effective in treating chronic pain syndromes. It functions by applying electrical current through three tiny needles to the vagus nerve which is accessed through the ear. Once applied the device runs for 10 days before exhausting its battery supply. During this time, the vagus nerve is stimulated constantly which results in consistent activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, a reduction in inflammatory cytokines, calming to brain stem structures associated with pain, and an increased sensitivity to endogenous opioids. The combination of these effects has aided us in reducing pain in patients previously resistant to traditional therapies, including narcotics.
Benefits of Neurostimulation
Living with chronic pain can be incredibly difficult, but neurostimulation can help patients regain their ability to participate in activities they once enjoyed. Studies have shown that patients who use neurostimulation experience improved quality of life scores compared to those who do not use it. This improvement can range from better sleep patterns to increased mobility and overall well-being. In addition to providing significant relief from chronic pain without needing surgery or medications, neurostimulation also offers cost savings over time.
Not all patients will benefit from a neurostimulator, so it’s essential to speak with your doctor about your particular condition to decide if this type of treatment would be right for you.
Contact Us to Learn More About Treatment With a Neurotimulator in DFW
If you suffer from chronic pain and have questions about neurostimulation, contact Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists for a consultation today. We can discuss treatment options based on your specific needs and condition. To request an appointment, contact our Grapevine or Keller office by filling out our convenient contact form or by calling our office at 871-481-4000.