Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Thankfully, most painful conditions respond to standard treatments. Unfortunately, some pain syndromes are difficult to manage and do not response well to our currently available therapies. A recent article in PainMedicineNews.com discussed repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) for nerve pain treatment. rTMS uses magnetic fields to induce weak electrical currents which are directed to specific brain regions. This causes changes in neuron connections and activity in the brain.
In in the United States, rTMS is approved by the FDA for depression therapy. European physician have investigated the use of rTMS for trigeminal neuralgia, a severe type of facial pain. It has been found helpful, although more investigation is needed. rTMS has also been studied for Fibromyalgia. The European groups currently have more funding to study rTMS for painful conditions than US physicians. The use of rTMS is a potentially promising pain therapy.