Peripheral Neuralgia – Neuropathy

 

Peripheral neuropathy is a disease that causes the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord not to work properly. This usually results in a loss of function in the nerve which can result in pain, dysaesthesias (painful tingling sensations) and numbness in the distribution of the nerve. Click on this link for more information about peripheral neuralgia/neuropathy, Peripheral Neuralgia.

Treatment options are medications, physical therapy, and spinal cord or peripheral nerve stimulation (neuromodulation). Spinal cord stimulation is a procedure where electrodes are placed in the epidural space over the spinal cord through an epidural needle. Peripheral nerve stimulation is a procedure where electrodes are placed along a damaged peripheral nerve. The electrodes in both cases are then used to transmit a signal that blocks pain and replaces the pain with a more pleasant feeling.