TMS for Pain: Does it Really Work?

Tampa Bay Psychiatry

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment can alter these neural networks’ activity to reduce pain perception. Most treatment strategies for pain use a “bottom-up” approach, trying to heal the damaged tissue in the first place or block the transmission of pain signals to the brain.

While TMS is currently FDA approved for use in cases of severe depression and suicidal ideation, studies have also shown that Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an effective treatment for patients living with chronic pain.

Was TMS effective in controlling pain post-surgery?

Overall, participants who received real TMS used 36% less morphine and had significantly lower ratings of postoperative pain-on-average and pain-at-its-worst than participants receiving sham.

Does TMS reduce inflammation?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation can promote the synthesis and release of monoamine neurotransmitters in PSD patients, regulate the level of inhibitory/excitatory amino acid neurotransmitters, reduce the inflammatory response, and improve clinical efficacy and immune function.

Does TMS help with back pain?

TMS has been used for pain relief in chronic pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, and other neuropathic pain conditions. This report presents two cases of chronic low back pain with concurrent insomnia and depression. We performed TMS and obtained positive results

How long do the effects of TMS treatment last?

Because of the various factors that influence each person’s depression, there’s no definitive answer to how long the TMS results will last. Most patients who complete the full course of treatment experience improvement in their symptoms for six months to a year or more.

TMS has been found to be an effective treatment for pain control in a number of clinical studies. In addition, TMS may also help reduce inflammation and provide relief from back pain. The effects of TMS usually last for several weeks after the final treatment session.

If you are experiencing chronic pain and want to explore the possibility of TMS therapy, please contact us for a consultation. We would be happy to answer any questions you have about this innovative approach to managing pain.

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