TMS for Chronic Pain


Chronic pain can be weakening, affecting every aspect of daily life. At Shore Clinical TMS & Wellness Center, we offer innovative solutions to alleviate chronic pain and restore quality of life. Through Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy, our TMS experts target the root causes of chronic pain, providing effective relief without invasive procedures or medications.


Chronic Pain

Chronic pain refers to persistent discomfort that lasts for weeks, months, or even years. Unlike acute pain, a warning sign of injury or illness, chronic pain persists beyond the expected healing time and can significantly impact daily life.

Common Causes of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can have multiple causes, including:

  • Injury or trauma
  • Nerve damage
  • Medical conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia
  • Surgical procedures
  • Psychological factors such as stress or anxiety

Chronic Pain Symptoms

Although chronic pain manifests differently for each person, it produces sensations like throbbing, stinging, aching, stiffness, and burning. It can often lead to additional conditions and symptoms, such as:

  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue, characterized by persistent feelings of exhaustion
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia, leading to difficulties falling asleep

Chronic Pain Conditions


Some common types of chronic pain conditions include:

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): CRPS is a chronic pain condition characterized by severe, continuous pain that typically affects one limb, often after an injury or trauma.

Neuropathic Pain: Neuropathic pain results from a dysfunction of the nervous system and may include symptoms such as shooting or burning pain, numbness, tingling, or hypersensitivity.

Phantom Limb Pain (PLP): Phantom limb pain occurs in individuals who have undergone amputation and experience pain or discomfort in the missing limb.

Fibromyalgia: It is a chronic pain disorder involving widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and cognitive difficulties.


TMS Therapy for Chronic Pain


TMS therapy offers a promising approach to managing chronic pain by targeting and modulating specific brain areas associated with pain processing. Using magnetic pulses, TMS therapy can modulate neural activity and alter pain perception. 

By precisely regulating the frequency, duration, and intensity of electrical stimulation, TMS therapy can effectively alleviate chronic pain symptoms and improve overall well-being. This non-invasive and personalized treatment approach holds significant potential for individuals seeking relief from chronic pain conditions.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Recent studies have explored the potential of TMS therapy to alleviate pain in upper extremity CRPS cases. In a non-randomized open-label pilot trial in 2018 involving 21 participants, a TMS protocol was developed and tested. Individualized TMS coil positioning over the motor cortex of the bodily pain location, combined with intermittent theta-burst stimulation followed by 10 Hz high-frequency stimulation, demonstrated significant pain relief for both upper and lower extremity CRPS patients.

Phantom Limb Pain (PLP)

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) has shown promise in treating Phantom Limb Pain (PLP). A double-blinded, randomized, sham-controlled trial in 2016 evaluated the effects of rTMS in land mine victims experiencing PLP. The study found that high-frequency rTMS applied to the contralateral primary motor cortex induced significant clinical improvement in pain, with results lasting up to 15 days post-treatment.


Benefits of TMS for Chronic Pain


Non-invasive: TMS therapy is a non-surgical, non-pharmacological treatment option for chronic pain.

Customized Treatment: TMS treatment can be tailored to each individual's unique pain profile, providing personalized relief.

Minimal Side Effects: TMS therapy for chronic pain is generally well-tolerated and has minimal adverse effects compared to traditional pain management strategies.

Better Quality of Life: By alleviating chronic pain symptoms, TMS therapy can enhance daily functioning and quality of life for those suffering from chronic pain.