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The purpose of this study is to determine whether transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is effective in reducing pain in subjects with chronic pelvic pain. Our hypothesis is that tDCS will decrease pain significantly when compared to sham stimulation.
In addition, the investigators aim to determine the safety of this intervention via a battery of neurocognitive tests. The investigators hypothesize that tDCS induces no cognitive worsening as compared with sham tDCS.
Subjects will receive 4 weeks of stimulation on consecutive days (Monday- Friday).
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:12:55-0400
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