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Ultrasound-guided percutaneous neuromodulation: An effective and precise method for chronic pain
The pain caused by spinal injuries, herniated discs or sciatica is often severe and difficult to treat. These conditions are disabling and reduce one’s quality of life because often they are resistant to treatment.
Ultrasound-guided percutaneous neuromodulation can change the course of this type of pain, as it is an effective and above all a precise method. This technique applies current with precision on the damaged nerve, and, thanks to this precision, rapid relief is achieved and recovery times are accelerated. The patient will notice almost immediate relief.
Percutaneous neuromodulation is applied by specialised physiotherapists at SHA Wellness Clinic and is recommended particularly for those injuries that will not heal, those aches and pains that resist all treatments or that chronic discomfort that will never go away completely.
With the help of an ultrasound scanner, the physiotherapist will be able to identify and locate the affected nerve and act on it and the patient will soon notice considerable relief.
It is an invasive but effective technique that restores the balance of the nervous system. It is useful for treating the main ailments of the spine, herniated discs, cervicobrachialgia and sciatica.
Usually, it works very well for all kinds of neuromuscular problems and for deep contractures. It also reduces pain in patients with arthrosis, muscle ruptures, tendinitis, sprains and luxations.
All these benefits are achieved with the combined use of Electrotherapy equipment aiming to stimulate the nerve with different types of currents, frequencies, intensities and pulse widths. The practitioner may also use acupuncture needles to accelerate pain relief and improve mobility.
Percutaneous neuromodulation is contraindicated in some situations. For example, when the patient has phobia of needles, suffers from allergies to metals or suffers from sensory disturbance. It is not recommended for children under 14 years of age or for persons with any degree of cognitive impairment.
This technique is also contraindicated during menstruation and pregnancy and is not recommended for use in areas where there are wounds, skin infections or ulcers. Patients with pacemakers, cardiovascular diseases or cancer are not eligible for this therapy either.
Percutaneous neuromodulation is compatible with other physiotherapy techniques. Each session lasts approximately 50 minutes and is virtually painless.