Consider TMS therapy with NeuroStar® if you have chronic pain and it doesn’t improve with other more conservative treatments. At Advanced Spine and Pain Clinics in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the team of interventional spine and pain management experts offers chronic pain management with TMS therapy. Transcranial magnetic stimulation is noninvasive and provides lasting results. Call Advanced Spine and Pain Clinics to request a TMS consultation, or book one online today.
TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation. It’s a noninvasive procedure that uses a magnetic coil to affect the electrical activity in your brain. TMS was developed in the mid-80s to treat depression and other behavioral health problems, but over the last decade, a growing number of providers have started prescribing it “off-label” to treat chronic pain.
At Advanced Spine and Pain Clinics, the team offers TMS treatment with NeuroStar. NeuroStar emits magnetic pulses, targeting specific areas of your brain. That process wakes up inactive synapses, affecting the way your body responds to pain.
To qualify for TMS treatment, you need to be in good health. Let the team know if you have an implant that contains magnetic metal or electronics. You should also alert the team if you have a history of epilepsy or other neurological conditions. Though rare, TMS can cause seizures, so the team might recommend a different treatment approach.
At Advanced Spine and Pain Clinics, the team provides TMS onsite during an outpatient visit.
When you arrive at the office, your provider has you remove your glasses (if you have metal frames) and any other metal jewelry. Then, they have you sit down in a comfortable chair. Once you’re situated, you put on a set of headphones, and your provider positions the NeuroStar TMS coil above your head.
The TMS machine emits targeted magnetic waves, which are very loud, so the headphones help protect your hearing. Where your provider positions the NeuroStar machine depends on the location and severity of the pain you’re experiencing.
During treatment, it’s normal to experience twitching sensations on your scalp and hands. Your provider makes adjustments throughout the session, ensuring your comfort. Most TMS appointments last between several minutes and half an hour. When it’s over, you can return to normal activities right away.
TMS treatment with NeuroStar offers the following benefits:
What’s more, TMS presents very few side effects. Some people report headaches or lightheadedness, but these symptoms typically improve within 24 hours.
Call Advanced Spine and Pain Clinics to see if you can benefit from TMS treatment, or book a consultation online today.