“We recognize that pain can wear you down. You may have been struggling for years, and trying your best. Life can be difficult with nagging discomfort and aches. Medications and other treatments often do not provide sufficient relief from chronic pain.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) was approved by the FDA in 2008 for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), which often accompanies chronic pain. In fact, there is evidence that it can help with chronic pain and we’ve seen great results using TMS to treat various pain disorders including neuropathic pain, headaches related to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), migraines and trigeminal neuralgia. We’re hopeful to help more people with chronic pain.”
–Joshua Kuluva, MD
Neurologist and Psychiatrist
Director, Neurological Services of TMS Health Solutions
Chronic pain is prevalent throughout our health care system and, according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), affects more people than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. Individuals with chronic pain are more likely to have depression, and individuals with chronic depression are more likely to have pain. To date, only 30-40% of patients receive a satisfactory response to conventional treatments such as medication. Plus, given recent issues with opiate abuse, there has been a great need for non-opiate intervention. TMS has shown clinical benefit in providing relief for chronic pain symptoms. With the known overlap between depression and pain, TMS is a treatment that helps people find relief.
We are dedicated to helping people find the best, most-innovative treatments possible to find relief from a variety of conditions, including chronic pain. We realize people have often been suffering for a longer period of time, and our staff is a compassionate, kind group with a patient-first mentality.
Our TMS Specialist will gather information on your symptoms and background, as well as any treatments you have attempted. They will answer any questions you may have, schedule an appointment for you into our Neurology Center in Oakland or Union Square office in downtown San Francisco.
You’ll meet with a case manager at your first appointment as well as your practitioner, who will discuss your history and your symptoms.
TMS has been used to treat a variety of pain disorders. We’ve seen patients experience relief from their pain in as little as 2-4 days of treatment! TMS has been approved by the FDA for advanced depression, and has shown clinical promise in pain disorders such a neuropathic pain, headaches related to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBD), migraines and trigeminal neuralgia. We’ve been treating patients with pain for several years.
TMS is a safe, in-office treatment option which stimulates parts of the brain that are known to be dysregulated in conditions such a depression and chronic pain. It’s safe and effective without the side effects of traditional medications to treat depression, TBI, severe headaches, and chronic pain. Pain relief can be seen in as little as 2-4 days of treatment!
TMS uses magnetic pulses to help modulate the parts of the brain that are dysregulated when a patient is suffering from chronic pain. Our program consists of 10-15 sessions over a three to five-week period. During our program, patients undergo baseline pain screening and are monitored for response throughout the course of treatment.
After the treatment course is planned and prescribed by the expert physician, each session is observed by a certified technician with ongoing physician oversight.