1739 – Percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation therapy for chronic neuropathic pain

Page last updated: 21 June 2023

Application Detail

Description of Medical Service

Percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation therapy is stimulation of individual nerves using needles that are inserted into soft tissues near the targeted nerve, or in areas under the skin where the pain occurs. The Probe electrodes are connected to a low-voltage pulse generator, and an electrical current is then applied to generate a sensation of 'pins and needles' or numbness.

Description of Medical Condition

Chronic intractable neuropathic pain is pain caused by lesions or dysfunctions in the nervous system, and does not respond to standard pain management treatment.

Reason for Application

Amendment to existing MBS item.

Medical Service Type

Therapeutic technology

Previous Application Number/s

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Summary and PICO Set

Application Summary (PDF 432 KB)
Application Summary (Word 38 KB)

Application PICO Set (PDF 770 KB)
Application PICO Set (Word 133 KB)

Consultation Survey

Consultation Survey (PDF 652 KB)
Consultation Survey (Word 27 KB)

PASC Consultation
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PICO Confirmation

PICO Confirmation (PDF 1391 KB)
PICO Confirmation (Word 420 KB)

Assessment Report


Public Summary Document


Meetings for this Application


13–14 April 2023