Neurostimulation has been a growing treatment method since its FDA approval in 1989. In this blog, we’ll explore Nalu neurostimulation, what it is, and how it works. At The Pain Center, we incorporate neurostimulation into several of our treatments in order to provide our patients with the most effective care.
Read on for answers to the following questions:
- What is a Nalu implant?
- How does Nalu device work?
- What are the side effects of Nalu?
- Does neurostimulation really work?
- How Does TPC use the Nalu Implant?
What is a Nalu Implant?
A Nalu implant is a part of the FDA-approved Nalu Neurostimulation System, giving patients more options in the treatment of chronic intractable pain. The implant is minimally invasive and designed to relieve suffering from severe, intractable chronic pain of the peripheral nerves.
How Does Nalu Device Work?
The Nalu device is a micro implantable pulse generator sending gentle electrical currents to block pain signals from reaching the brain. What makes Nalu unique is the wires placed over affected nerves powered by an external battery not needing a permanent surgical implantation.
What are the Side Effects of Nalu?
The components of the Nalu Neurostimulation System may cause skin problems in some patients, including infection, irritation, blistering, tearing, or moderate to mild allergic reactions.
Does Neurostimulation Really Work?
While studies are limited, estimates show a 50% to 70% reduction in patient pain following neurostimulation, with varying success rates based on the provider.
How Does TPC Use the Nalu Implant?
As a part of TPC’s branded treatments, we use SCS solutions from Nalu and other sources, including Abbott, Boston Scientific, and Medtronic. Nalu is used in TPC Spine Stim and TPC Nerve Stim to provide pain relief to our patients.
TPC Spine Stim
Our TPC Spine Stim is a minimally invasive spinal cord stimulation solution for chronic refractory pain conditions that have failed conservative therapies. Some conditions include migraine and tension headaches, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and central pain syndrome.
The TPC Spine Stim works by implanting a nerve stimulation device into the spine, which delivers low-voltage electrical currents to targeted areas, reducing the pain signals responsible for chronic pain. Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is the underlying principle of this neuromodulation therapy. An implanted pulse generator creates electrical signals that effectively modulate pain perception.
TPC Nerve Stim
Peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) is a non-invasive treatment for patients with neuropathic pain conditions, including peripheral neuropathy. It involves implanting a small electrical wire along the damaged nerves, delivering rapid electrical pulses to relieve pain.
The TPC Nerve Stim (Peripheral Nerve Stimulation) specifically targets peripheral neuropathy and related conditions, such as migraine and tension headaches, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and central pain syndrome. TPC Nerve Stim offers relief to patients who have not responded to conservative therapies by reducing pain signals that travel from the spinal cord to the brain.
The procedure utilizes the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) or peripheral nerve solution, chosen based on the individual patient’s presentation and context, providing tailored and minimally invasive surgical options for chronic pain management.