It’s been too long since we provided an update about the pain-management benefits of peripheral nerve simulation (PNS). To refresh your memory, this technology uses implanted electrodes to directly stimulate the nerves at the furthest reaches of the residual limb—ie, closest to the amputation site. The approach has shown promise in managing both short-term post-amputation pain and chronic, long-term pain, but it’s still relatively new and investigational.
Multiple initiatives related to PNS have been making headlines lately, and it’s all good news. The biggest and best story on the PNS front comes courtesy of Veterans Affairs, which recently published some boffo clinical results. So let’s begin with that item: