TMS Therapy for Chronic Pain Questions and Answers
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is FDA-approved service that offers effective and safe magnetic pulses to help activate the brain and nerve endings to start noticing the pain you are still feeling and help fix it. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online.We are conveniently located at 535 West Second Street (“West on 2nd” building) Suite 205 Lexington KY 40508.
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Chronic pain is pain that lasts in a patient for 3 months or longer. It’s often normal for our patients to feel pain when they become injured or even ill, but for the pain to last several weeks, months or even years is not. You can feel pain anywhere in the body, and it can turn into chronic pain. It may feel mild but it can also range up to severe levels that it starts to interfere with your daily life.
The cause of chronic pain is not always made clear. It can be due to the brain’s chemicals are not functioning correctly, so they are not stopping the feeling of pain after you feel better from an injury or illness, or it could be due to damaged nerves, and finally chronic pain can occur without any just cause.
Some common symptoms many of our patients complain of when it comes to chronic pain include:
– Mild to severe pain that does not go away when it should
– Shooting, burning, aching or even electrical feeling types of pain
– Feeling of being sore, tight, or stiff
TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation and is often used for chronic pain in our patients. This FDA approved treatment is safe and effective for treating patients with chronic pain conditions. Transcranial magnetic stimulation works by creating structural and physiological changes to the brain. Many patients turn to transcranial magnetic stimulation once they have exhausted all their other treatment options including physical therapy, massage, as well a prescription medication for their chronic pain.
Our non-invasive procedure is beneficial for decreasing the pain intensity, treating extreme fatigue, helping with sensory dimension of pain, and improving your overall health and cognitive function.
We let our patients know in advance, there is no need to have someone pick you up after a TMS treatment, as you can drive yourself home after and continue on with your usual day-to-day activities. Some patients do notice common side effects of a headache or scalp pain, the headaches will get better over the course of the treatment and often go away a few hours after your treatment.
Follow-up treatments is a key part of your treatment care and safety. It is crucial you continue to go to all of your arranged appointments, and call your doctor or nurse if you start noticing problems. Our priority is helping you, but also keeping you safe and healthy throughout any service.
The major benefits of transcranial magnetic stimulation include:
– High success rate – it has been shown the success rate with transcranial magnetic stimulation is much higher than other chronic pain treatments
– Enables patients who are suffering from chronic pain to stop or ultimately reduce their medications
– Transcranial magnetic stimulation is completely non-invasive
– There are minimal to no side effects with transcranial magnetic stimulation
Each treatment is done at our clinic, and requires a series of treatment sessions for the TMS treatment to be effective. During the treatment, you will be taken into the treatment room, and will be seated in a reclining chair, and given ear plugs to wear for the duration of the treatment.
An electromagnetic coil will be places around your head, and the machine will be turned on. You may hear clicking sounds or feel a tapping sensation on your forehead, this normally only lasts a few seconds, and will be followed by a faint pause, then the tapping sensation will begin once more. This part of the treatment is called the mapping process.
Your doctor will determine how much magnetic energy you will need, and will increase the energy until they notice your fingers or hand beginning to twitch. This is their reference point to determine the right dosage for you, as the motor threshold has been reached. The entire treatment will take on average of around 40 minutes, and you will remain awake, as well as alert during the entire procedure. After your treatment you may feel some scalp pain or a slight headache, this will go away shortly after. If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic pain, we can help! For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online! We are conveniently located at 535 West Second Street (“West on 2nd” building) Suite 205 Lexington KY 40508. We serve patients from Lexington KY, Georgetown KY, Brannon Woods KY, Wyandotte KY, Colby KY, Versailles KY, and Keene KY.