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There are some patients with a chronic pain condition that do not respond well to conventional forms of treatment including medications, behavioural therapies, and injections with corticosteroids and anesthetics. Moreover, rTMS can be an effective alternative of treatment for reducing pain. rTMS is a brain stimulation technique that modulates abnormal brain activity that helps decrease pain. Its mechanism is based on altering neuronal excitability. rTMS alters the activity of the brain in cortical and subcortical regions that are associated with pain processing and modulation.
rTMS involves various treatment sessions, the duration of which depends on the TMS coil used as well as the number of pulses delivered. However, generally a session lasts for about 30-40 minutes. Typically, TMS treatment is given for 4 to 6 weeks, but this depends on the patient’s condition and their response to the treatment. The side effects are usually very few and well-tolerated, the most common one being headaches, which is reported in about half of the patients. These are mild and go away over the treatment course, and can also be treated easily with medications. Patients may alternatively experience facial twitching or painful scalp sensations, which also do not last long.
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How effective is RTMS for Chronic Pain?

rTMS is effective in reducing pain in people with chronic pain condition. It can especially be beneficial for those that do not respond well to conventional methods of treatment and can also enhance the effectiveness of medications and other forms of treatment for chronic pain.

Is RTMS for Chronic Pain safe?

rTMS is generally regarded as a safe treatment option with very few, mild and temporary side effects such as headaches, facial twitching, or painful scalp sensations that usually resolve over the treatment course.

How many numbers of sessions are required?

The number of rTMS sessions required by the person depends on their intensity of chronic pain as well as their response to the treatment.