Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation for Chronic Pain Treatment
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is low current brain stimulation. Many applications are currently under investigation, including treatment of chronic pain. Zachary Leuschner MD of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, presented information at the 2013 meeting of the American Pain Society regarding pain treatment with tDCS. The study reviewed case of 100 patients with chronic pain treated on five consecutive days in 20-minute sessions with tDCS. Multiple pain types were addressed including: nerve pain, headache, central pain and tissue injury pain. Meaningful pain relief was defined as 30% reduction. The most common side effect was burning at the electrode site experienced by 15% of patients. Conditions that responded best were postherpetic neuralgia and complex regional pain syndrome. The duration of relief was widely variable. More complete trials of tDCS are underway. tDCS is potentially effective and low cost with minimal side effects.
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