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One of the major challenges faced by researchers working in the field of rehabilitation science is the ability to provide integrative approaches to the use of clinical practice. In this context it becomes increasingly necessary to construct investigative approaches, so that they can reach clinical practice in a shorter period of time,since the large volume of information produced globally does not impact in the short or medium term on new therapeutic recommendations. Among the various chronic painful entities, there is chikungunya fever as a highlight for having a rich clinical chronology in relation to pain. Its therapy is used done by drugs in almost all national and international consensuses, therefore therapy against pain in chikungunya fever is limited during the rehabilitation process. It is very important that the science of rehabilitation enhances methods of noninvasive brain modulation that enable, through the excitation or inhibition of specific cortical areas to produce pain inhibiting effects, providing a simple and low cost treatment to the clinical routine.Technological advances and non-invasive techniques to modulate brain function have been developed, for instance, Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS).

The objective of the present project is to present the tDCS as a new modality of physical rehabilitation for the patient with chronic pain resulting from chikungunya fever. The purpose of the study is to present physical, behavioral and social results of the application of tDCS in chikungunya fever, suggesting an improvement in the quality of life and functional status of the individual.


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NCT number NCT02993952
Study type Interventional
Source Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
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Status Completed
Phase N/A
Start date December 12, 2016
Completion date March 10, 2017

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