An Update on Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for the Treatment of Co-morbid Pain and Depressive Symptoms

Theta burst stimulation is a novel rTMS protocol that has recently been investigated in patients with depression and some smaller trials in patients with co-morbid pain disorders

Jonathan H. Hsu; Zafiris J. Daskalakis; Daniel M. Blumberger

2018

Scholarcy highlights

  • Theta burst stimulation is a novel rTMS protocol that has recently been investigated in patients with depression and some smaller trials in patients with co-morbid pain disorders
  • There is evidence to support the use of rTMS for its analgesic effects in various pain syndromes
  • The variable results between trials for treatment of concurrent depressive symptoms may be due to heterogeneity in treatment protocols including parameters such as site of stimulation and restrictions in the patient population which usually exclude primary psychiatric diagnoses
  • This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors

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