Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have shown that patients who have chronic pain can reduce their emotional response to the pain through spinal cord stimulation.
The study results are published in the latest issue of the journal Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface.
The study provides insights into the role of the brain's emotional networks in relieving chronic pain. Therapeutic spinal cord stimulation can reduce the emotional connectivity and processing in certain areas of the brain in those with chronic pain. Being able to modulate the connections between the brain areas involved in emotions and those linked to sensations may be an important mechanism involved in pain relief linked to spinal cord stimulation.
Researchers studied patients who were living with severe chronic leg pain who were implanted with a spinal cord stimulator to reduce their pain. This research builds off previous findings in which pain perception varies according to cognitive, emotional and sensory influences.
The resting state network of the brain plays a key role in the cognitive and emotional aspects of pain perception. It's also associated with functional connectivity hubs and brain networks. This is abnormal in patients with chronic painful conditions, implicating the impact of such chronic conditions on areas beyond pain perception.
For more information on spinal cord stimulation to treat chronic pain, contact The Franklin Pain and Wellness Center.
Source: News Medical