Transcranial Electrical Stimulation Post SCI Pain

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Transcranial Electrical Stimulation (TCES) treatment involves applying electrodes to an individual’s scalp to allow electrical current to be applied and presumably stimulate the underlying cerebrum (Tan et al. 2006).

Table 15 Transcranial Electrical Stimulation Post-SCI Pain


Two RCTs found TCES was effective in reducing average pain intensity compared to sham control (Capel et al. 2003; Tan et al. 2006). Additionally, Capel and colleagues (2003) found significant reducing in use of medications among those in the TCES group compared to control.


There is  evidence level 1a evidence (from two randomized controlled trials; Capel et al. 2003; Tan et al. 2006) for the benefits of transcranial electrical stimulation in reducing neuropathic and musculoskeletal post-SCI pain.

  • Transcranial electrical stimulation is effective in reducing post SCI pain.