Christine Johnson’s life was completely disrupted by chronic pain.

“I wasn’t sleeping. I wasn’t eating. I’ve been in that much pain,” she said. “My pain before was 10, until I got my implant.”

Johnson saw Nirav N. Shah, MD, an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist with Endeavor Health, who gave her a Nalu neurostimulation implant, a small device placed under the skin that can help reduce pain.

“The device uses electricity to block pain signals or disrupt painful signaling in the body,” Dr. Shah said.

A physician places the device in the peripheral nervous system, in the arms or legs. It produces mild electrical impulses that can block the pain signals nerves are sending to the brain.

It’s powered and controlled by a wearable therapy disc that the patient can move to direct the impulses. Patients can also remove the disc if they feel like they don’t need the activity at that time.

The implant improves quality of life and decreases the need for medication, which can sometimes cause unwanted side effects.

“I can control my pain, my pain is not controlling me,” Johnson said. Her pain is so well managed, she was able to travel to Paris, where she explored its sights and boulevards pain-free.

Take the next step

Want to learn more about what you’ve read or find care? Click a button below.