Brain Stimulation in the Treatment of Pain

eBook - 2010
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Research to translate brain stimulation to clinical pain management holds much promise, though much remains to be learned about the processes involved in pain pathophysiology. Knokova (Institute of Non-invasive Brain Stimulation of New York, Beth Israel Medical Center; neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York) and colleagues introduce 16 chapters by international, multidisciplinary experts who provide a review of the current status of brain stimulation. Authors discuss the nature and types of chronic pain, and invasive and non-invasive electrotherapy techniques (e.g., epidural stimulation of the motor cortex, transcranial direct current stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation). The work of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Israel, is introduced. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell Publishing
Recent research suggests that chronic pain affects as many as three percent of the worldwide population and there is evidence that chronic pain patients are twice as likely to commit suicide compared with the healthy population. It should also be remembered that the lifetime prevalence of suicide attempts in the chronic pain population is about ten percent. Although various innovative pharmacological preparations and formulas have been implemented into clinical practice in recent years, chronic pain in many patients has not been successfully maintained at an acceptable level, thus not allowing the patients to resume their life activities. Despite remarkable advances in pain management, chronic pain remains undertreated, depicting the need for new therapeutic approaches to chronic pain.

Findings collected in the past decade open exciting perspectives for clinical application of brain stimulation techniques in pain management, at least for selected populations of patients suffering chronic pain resistant to conventional therapy. Beyond this therapeutic purpose, both invasive and nonivasive brain stimulation approaches can help to further explore the relationship between cortical plasticity and pain. This book presents the latest findings.

Publisher: New York : Nova Science Publishers, ©2010
ISBN: 9781614704959
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 225 pages) : illustrations (some color)


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