Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Trigeminal Neuralgia

2019-10-15 11:11:16 | BioPortfolio


The primary objective is to establish the feasibility of using TMS for COFP pain management in the interim period before surgery. This will be investigated by comparing the non-intervention group's self-reported pain to those who recieved TMS at several timepoints.


Participants will be randomized to either receive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), Sham-TMS (a non-therapeutic TMS coil which sounds and feels similar to normal TMS), or standard treatment during the weeks of wait time before surgery for chronic orofacial pain (COFP). TMS is a noninvasive, painless magnetic device which, when applied to the head for a few minutes, has been shown to reduce pain in people with COFP. The sham TMS is a sub-therapeutic level of magnetcic stimulation which makes the same sound as normal TMS and causes a similar tingling of the skin.

Both those who receive this new pain intervention and those who do not will be asked to fill out a short online survey about their pain at several points during the study. The survey takes about 10 minutes to fill out and each of the 5 TMS sessions last 10 minutes.

Study Design


Facial Pain


TMS, sham TMS coil


Not yet recruiting


Carilion Clinic

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-10-15T11:11:16-0400

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