The name may be scary, but electrical stimulation works well for some types of nerve pain. Treatments range from electrotherapy you can do at home to surgical procedures. Learn more about the approach and how it can help.
When you feel nerve pain, an electrical signal is sent from a damaged nerve to your brain. Electrical stimulation for nerve pain works by sending out its own electrical impulses. These charges seem to interrupt or block the pain signals, reducing the pain you feel. Ask your doctor if electrotherapy might help you.
PENS for Nerve Pain
Percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS) -- also called electroacupuncture -- combines western and eastern approaches. A small device delivers painless electrical pulses to the nerves through acupuncture needles. Some studies show that PENS helps relieve nerve pain, but other studies show it does not. Ask your doctor if you should try it.
rTMS for Nerve Pain
rTMS stands for repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. It uses magnetic fields to send electrical impulses into the brain, blocking pain signals. While it may help some people, the effects of one session don't last long. You may need repeated sessions to see a longer lasting effect on pain. Ask your doctor if rTMS is something you should consider.