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High definition transcranial direct current stimulation for the treatment of fibromyalgia pain

Devices

Anaesthetics, Pain Relief and ITU, Musculoskeletal

April 2016


High definition transcranial direct current stimulation (HD-tDCS) is a device to treat the muscle pain people get with fibromyalgia, where the usual pain killing treatment has not worked. Fibromyalgia is a relatively common muscle condition, the specific cause for which is currently not known. The technology consists of electrical conductors on a cap through which small electrical currents are applied to specific areas of the scalp. Patients receive treatment once a day, five days a week over a three to four week period. The company that make the device says that it is an alternate, non-drug treatment option for patients.

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