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Neuropathic pain is particularly difficult to treat with classic first-line drugs. Neuromodulation techniques using repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) are useful alternative, but there is a need to improve their analgesic effect.Virtual reality mirror therapy has shown the capacity to alleviate pain and may be easily coupled with rTMS.The present project will investigate in individuals with neuropathic pain the effects of the rTMS coupled with virtual reality mirror therapy.


Clinical Trial Description

This project introduces a new research question that incorporates virtual reality mirror therapy into an established treatment protocol of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) for neuropathic pain relief. Neuropathic pain is particularly difficult to treat with classic first-line drugs. Neuromodulation techniques using repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) are useful alternative, but there is a need to improve their analgesic effect. Virtual reality mirror therapy has shown the capacity to alleviate pain and may be easily coupled with rTMS. The efficacy of using both techniques in neuropathic pain treatment is unknown. The present project will investigate in individuals with neuropathic pain the effects of the rTMS coupled with virtual reality mirror therapy on: 1) daily pain intensity (i.e. analgesic efficacy); 2) other components of pain and the quality of life; 3) brain activity. It will be the first to provide insight into the efficacy of using together both non-invasive technics of cortical neuromodulation to alleviate pain. ;


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NCT number NCT04867187
Study type Interventional
Source Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Saint Etienne
Contact Roland Peyron, MDPHD
Phone (0)477825684
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date September 1, 2021
Completion date June 1, 2024

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