The International Neuromodulation Society (INS) has published the first peer-reviewed comprehensive expert guidance on the appropriate use of neurostimulation for pain. The recommendations appear this week in the online, early view edition of the society's journal, Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface. Neurostimulation is a minimally invasive, reversible therapy that delivers highly focused electrical stimulation to the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves to decrease chronic pain symptoms, help restore function, and improve quality of life.
Although less comprehensive guidelines have been published in the past, they have quickly become obsolete as the field has evolved. The INS Board of Directors recognized the need to better define the appropriate use of these advanced tools, and appointed experts to the Neuromodulation Appropriateness Consensus Committee (NACC) to review and assess the quality of the scientific and medical literature. These new guidelines were prepared in a format to allow for regular periodic updates, and are intended to help make sense of the wide-ranging scientific literature for both newer and more-experienced practitioners. Read a news story about the new guidance here.