Electrical nerve stimulation is a treatment option for patients who do not respond to surgical procedures for painful nerve compression conditions or neurectomy procedures (nerve tissue removal) for painful neuromas. The procedure also may be used in patients with traction or laceration injuries.
During electrical nerve stimulation, an electrode is placed next to the nerve that is causing the pain. Low-intensity stimulation of the nerve blocks the pain signal.
In this situation, electrical nerve stimulation is employed only to relieve pain.