Monthly Archives: May 2012

Research: Non-invasive transcranial direct current stimulation for the study and treatment of neuropathic pain. #tDCS

 

Non-invasive transcranial direct current stimulation for the study and treatment of neuropathic pain.

Source

Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care, Beth Israel Medical Center, Institute for Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation of New York, New York, NY, USA. HKnotkov@chpnet.org

Abstract

In the last decade, radiological neuroimaging techniques have enhanced the study of mechanisms involved in the development and maintenance of neuropathic pain. Recent findings suggest that neuropathic pain in certain pain syndromes (e.g., complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathic dystrophy, phantom-limb pain) is associated with a functional reorganization and hyperexitability of the somatosensory and motor cortex. Studies showing that the reversal of cortical reorganization in patients with spontaneous or provoked pain is accompanied by pain relief stimulated the search for novel alternatives how to modulate the cortical excitability as a strategy to relieve pain. Recently, non-invasive brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) were proposed as suitable methods for modulation of cortical excitability. Both techniques (TMS and tDCS) have been clinically investigated in healthy volunteers as well as in patients with various clinical pathologies and variety of pain syndromes. Although there is less evidence on tDCS as compared with TMS, the findings on tDCS in patients with pain are promising, showing an analgesic effect of tDCS, and observations up to date justify the use of tDCS for the treatment of pain in selected patient populations. tDCS has been shown to be very safe if utilized within the current protocols. In addition, tDCS has been proven to be easy to apply, portable and not expensive, which further enhances great clinical potential of this technique.

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People In the News: Mary Friona and Her Daughter Share Their Story

Mary Friona and Her Daughter Share Their Story

BUFFALO, NY — On July 31, 2010 there was a terrible accident. Channel Two Reporter, Mary Friona’s daughter was severely injured. She was rushed by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Her injuries were severe. Her femoral artery was severed and her femur was shattered. Doctors saved Maria’s life and her leg.

It was a long recovery and Maria developed a nerve disorder called Reflex Sympathy Dystrophy or RSD. RSD is a neuropathic disorder that causes a non-stop pain cycle. Maria was taken to Boston’s Children’s Hospital where she spent months before being released to an outpatient rehabilitation center in Waltham, MA. Maria endured countless hours of therapy and in the end, took the steps doctors weren’t sure she ever would.

Maria is doing well now and is very happy. Maria is getting around very well. She is playing the sports she loves and is back in school full time. Maria wanted to share her story in order to help others.

Mary, Maria and their family wanted to let everyone know about RSD. There is a local walk for RSD that a young girl who suffers from the disorder is bringing to Western New York. The walk will be held at Delaware Park’s Ring Road on Saturday, May 26th at 11:30 a.m.

 

 

For more information on the disorder you can visit www.rsds.org

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