While acute pain from a blow can last a few days, chronic pain can persist for months or even years.
This illness including fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), phantom limb pain, neuropathic and chronic low-back pain affect more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.
Total cost of pain care and economic cost due to disability days and lost wages in US in 2010 was $635 billion.¹
Chronic pain is diagnosed based on the patients’ description of sensation, its’ persistence and location.
It may arise from peripheral neuronal damage and/or changes in the central nervous system. The pain sensation is manifested in the brain. Its perception and cause vary tremendously between individuals as well as between conditions so correct diagnosis is a difficult task.
Treatment is diverse and can include pharmacological agents as well as spinal cord implants and many other possibilities.
Understanding the pain origin and participating neuronal components is crucial for an effective and optimal treatment with minimal side effects.
The system created by NIBS is able to diagnose the neuronal component of the pain sensation by creating a 3D spatiotemporal image of the patients' brain. The system is intended to help the physician reach an objective diagnosis and decide on an individually suited treatment. Moreover, the system can also provide an integrated (closed loop) non-invasive brain stimulation treatment, that can be personally fitted, has lasting results and causes no side effects.
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