Neuromodulation for the Management of Peripheral Neuropathic Pain in Athletes Competing in Combat Sports
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Pain in the extremities of athletes who compete in combat sports can manifest in a variety of peripheral neuropathic and nociceptive pain conditions. Neuromodulation may be particularly effective as a therapy when the pain is persistent and is localized to a focal area of an extremity or when the source of the pain is related to the malfunction of a known peripheral nerve (mononeuropathy). The concept of pheripheral nerve stimulation, (PNS) neuromodulation is not new, though there are only a few neuromodulatory devices designed specifically for the periphery. Recent clinical trials and clinical experience shows to be very promising with both physicians and patients reporting good outcomes utilizing PNS devices.
This chapter introduces the benefits of utilizing peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) for the management of acute and chronic nerve pain and future implication to manage ulnar nerve pain in athletes competing in combat sports.
KeywordsPeripheral neuromodulation Acute pain Chronic pain Nerve stimulation Neuropathic pain Combat sports Ulnar nerve PNS
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