Peripheral Nerve Stimulation: PNS Trial

The Pain Center in Boise offers an innovative and cutting-edge opportunity to explore the new Peripheral Nerve Stimulation trial. Patients suffering from chronic, intrusive body pain that has not been adequately resolved through conservative treatments can now benefit from this advanced technology.

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Trial

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation is a treatment method commonly used to treat chronic pain, such as that caused by peripheral neuropathy. It involves minor surgery to place a small electrical device near your peripheral nerves to treat pain. 

Dr. Thompson at The Pain Center may recommend a peripheral nerve stimulation trial to ensure that peripheral nerve stimulation is right for you. This trial allows you to see if peripheral nerve stimulation works for you before an internal device is surgically installed.

During the testing period of the trial, an electrode placed just under the skin is connected to an external device near the peripheral nerves of the area of the body experiencing pain. The electrode in both the external and internal peripheral nerve stimulation devices delivers electrical pulses to help soothe nerve pain.

To be considered for peripheral nerve stimulation, you must have a nerve block targeting the occipital nerves, which are the nerves running throughout the scalp. If an injection of local anesthetic can relieve your pain, peripheral nerve stimulation may work for managing your pain, and you will move on to a peripheral nerve stimulation trial.

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Trials

Peripheral nerve stimulation is recommended for patients experiencing chronic sacroiliac pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, lower back pain, and more. You may be an ideal candidate for peripheral nerve stimulation if other pain management methods do not improve your chronic pain or if you have had a failed back surgery or spinal cord stimulation.

If your peripheral nerve stimulation trial successfully manages your peripheral neuropathy, your specialist may recommend installing a more permanent, internal device. The electrode will then be controlled using the internal device, delivering the electricity to one or several electrodes. You can control it remotely as needed to manage your chronic pain. After the device is implanted, you will need to wear a small antenna in an undergarment to stimulate the receiver microchip.

Contact the Pain Center in Boise to Find Pain Relief

When your chronic pain gets in the way of living, you need pain relief that works. The Pain Center is your resource for relieving and managing pain. We accept most insurances, and our knowledgeable providers are ready to help you create your unique pain management plan. Contact us today to see what The Pain Center can do for you.


Our entire practice revolves around helping patients feel better. Pain is a fact of life, until it interferes with the joys of living. Sandra Thompson, MD and The Pain Center have innovative and comprehensive solutions to all forms of discomfort.

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Boise Phone: (208) 342-9800

Boise Fax: (208) 342-4223

Caldwell Phone: (208) 455-3535

Caldwell Fax: (208) 455-5190

Our Locations:

  • Boise: 633 N. 4th St. Boise, ID 83702
  • Caldwell: 1825 S Kimball Ave, Caldwell, ID 83605