TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION (TMS)
TMS is an FDA-cleared, safe and effective treatment for patients with depression who have not benefited from prior antidepressant medications with or without counseling. It is non-invasive when compared to ECT - Electro Convulsive Therapy - which requires hospitalization and administration of anesthetic while producing therapeutically controlled seizures.Chronic pain often leads to chronic depression. The onset of depression in patients suffering from chronic pain feeds into a vicious cycle leading to chemical dependency. For these patients, TMS Therapy may be an option.
TMS works by stimulating those areas of the brain that are underactive in the limbic system. The treatment consists of 20-minute sessions, 5 days a week for 7 weeks. During the treatments, patients are comfortably seated in a chair, and a cushioned helmet is placed over their heads. The helmet contains the H-coil which stimulates the specific areas of the brain that is being treated. Soon after the treatment session, patients can return home and resume all of their normal activities.
Because TMS it is not a medication based treatment, it is free from the various side effects that patients often experience while taking antidepressant medications for a long time. With TMS, patients can get relief from their depression symptoms within a few weeks. Furthermore, TMS therapy may prove to be effective in many patients who have failed various medications. Thus, TMS therapy can be a good solution for treatment-resistant depression and offer a ray of hope for those who are severely depressed. Adequate treatment of depression helps in managing chronic pain with least amount of pain medications.
In our comprehensive pain management program, patients suffering from chronic pain also have access to various therapies like chiropractic therapy, massage therapy and acupuncture in addition to spinal injections and counseling.