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Neurofeedback Treatment of Pain in Persons With Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

2014-08-27 03:19:19 | BioPortfolio

Summary

A number of studies suggest that training to increase different types of brain waves is related to pain relief. The purpose of the second phase of this study is to see if neurofeedback training might help people with chronic pain control their pain better. The information from the study may help the investigators treat chronic pain better in the future.

Description

During this phase of the study, research personnel will provide up to 15 of the subjects with SCI and chronic below injury level neuropathic pain with a full course (up to 40 sessions) of NF training to determine the effects of this treatment on (a) chronic daily neuropathic pain, (b) EEG-assessed frequency band amplitudes, and (c) other measures of quality of life (specifically, sleep quality, fatigue, and pain interference).

Standard NF training procedures will be used that involve simply asking participants to relax while looking at the feedback screen and to "Do whatever is necessary to make and keep the color bar wide." EEG bandwidth activity that is associated with being pain-free or with experiencing less pain will be reinforced. This protocol will be repeated for up to 40 30-minute sessions, scheduled at least weekly (but more often if the participant and study PI can arrange this with their schedules. Brain wave activity will be measured twice during the study: once before treatment begins, and once after treatment ends. Research staff will collect data regarding pain intensity and quality of life from subjects via the telephone three times: before treatment, immediately after treatment, and three months after treatment ends.

Study Design

Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Spinal Cord Injuries

Intervention

Neurofeedback

Location

University of Washington
Seattle
Washington
United States
98195

Status

Not yet recruiting

Source

University of Washington

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:19:19-0400

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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.

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