TENS Trial to Prevent Neuropathic Pain in SCI

2017-08-30 20:53:21 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this research study is to: 1) test whether transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) after spinal cord injury can reduce the onset of post-injury neuropathic pain; and 2) to learn more about this kind of pain and who is at risk for suffering from this type of pain after spinal cord injury. Neuropathic pain is a type of pain that occurs in about 50% of people with spinal cord injury. This type of pain is usually described as "burning" or "tingling," and is present around the level of injury and/or in areas below the level of injury. The investigators' goal is to try a non-drug treatment (TENS) that may help prevent this pain from occurring. Pain symptoms will be compared between the study participants who receive active TENS and the study participants who receive a sham TENS treatment.

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Spinal Cord Injuries




University of Miami
United States




University of Miami

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Pathologic conditions which feature SPINAL CORD damage or dysfunction, including disorders involving the meninges and perimeningeal spaces surrounding the spinal cord. Traumatic injuries, vascular diseases, infections, and inflammatory/autoimmune processes may affect the spinal cord.

Penetrating and non-penetrating injuries to the spinal cord resulting from traumatic external forces (e.g., WOUNDS, GUNSHOT; WHIPLASH INJURIES; etc.).

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Reduced blood flow to the spinal cord which is supplied by the anterior spinal artery and the paired posterior spinal arteries. This condition may be associated with ARTERIOSCLEROSIS, trauma, emboli, diseases of the aorta, and other disorders. Prolonged ischemia may lead to INFARCTION of spinal cord tissue.

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