Exploration of Parameters of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) in Chronic Pain

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Felipe Fregni, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01402960
First received: June 29, 2011
Last updated: April 22, 2013
Last verified: April 2013
  Purpose

The purpose of this study is to assess the effects of high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation (HD-tDCS) on subjects with chronic musculoskeletal pain. The investigators hypothesize that subjects will show a decrease in pain symptoms in the active anodal stimulation group when compared to sham stimulation.


Condition Intervention Phase
Chronic Pain
Device: High Definition Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (HD-tDCS)
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Exploration of Parameters of tDCS in Chronic Pain Patients

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Further study details as provided by Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in pain scales [ Time Frame: Measured for approximately 5 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Determine whether anodal or cathodal hd-tDCS is effective in reducing pain in subjects with chronic musculoskeletal pain as measured by changes in the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) for pain. The VAS scale will be measured immediately before the hd-tDCS stimulation sessions and after the hd-tDCS stimulation sessions for each subject for the duration of their participation in the trial. This outcome will also be measured at their baseline visit, and follow-up visit.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in cutaneous hyperalgesia/allodynia [ Time Frame: Measured for approximately 5 weeks. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    To investigate whether treatment with active anodal hd-tDCS alters the phenomenon of central sensitization as indexed by cutaneous allodynia and hyperalgesia by measuring whether anodal tDCS changes the threshold for pain and perception as compared with sham and cathodal hd-tDCS. The subject's pain threshold will be measured immediately before the hd-tDCS stimulation sessions and after the hd-tDCS stimulation sessions for the duration of their participation in the trial. This outcome will also be measured at their baseline visit, and follow-up visit.


Enrollment: 18
Study Start Date: April 2011
Primary Completion Date: February 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Active Anodal HD-tDCS
Subject will receive one 20-minute session of active anodal HD-tDCS.
Device: High Definition Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (HD-tDCS)

Subject will receive active anodal/cathodal and sham HD-tDCS in a randomized, counterbalanced order. Each stimulation session will be separated by at least one week to avoid carryover effects. For both active and sham HD-tDCS the electrodes will be placed over the primary motor cortex, at an intensity of 2mA.

  • For active anodal stimulation, the anode will be over the primary motor cortex, and the cathodal electrodes (4) will surround the anode in a 3 inch square, duration will be 20 minutes.
  • For active cathodal stimulation, the cathode will be over the primary motor cortex, and the anodal electrodes (4) will surround the cathode in a 3 inch square, duration will be 20 minutes.
  • For sham stimulation, the same procedure will be used, however, current will only be active for 30 seconds (current ramping up, then ramping down)
Experimental: Active Cathodal HD-tDCS
Subject will receive one 20-minute session of active cathodal HD-tDCS.
Device: High Definition Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (HD-tDCS)

Subject will receive active anodal/cathodal and sham HD-tDCS in a randomized, counterbalanced order. Each stimulation session will be separated by at least one week to avoid carryover effects. For both active and sham HD-tDCS the electrodes will be placed over the primary motor cortex, at an intensity of 2mA.

  • For active anodal stimulation, the anode will be over the primary motor cortex, and the cathodal electrodes (4) will surround the anode in a 3 inch square, duration will be 20 minutes.
  • For active cathodal stimulation, the cathode will be over the primary motor cortex, and the anodal electrodes (4) will surround the cathode in a 3 inch square, duration will be 20 minutes.
  • For sham stimulation, the same procedure will be used, however, current will only be active for 30 seconds (current ramping up, then ramping down)
Sham Comparator: Sham HD-tDCS
Subject will receive one sham session of HD-tDCS
Device: High Definition Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (HD-tDCS)

Subject will receive active anodal/cathodal and sham HD-tDCS in a randomized, counterbalanced order. Each stimulation session will be separated by at least one week to avoid carryover effects. For both active and sham HD-tDCS the electrodes will be placed over the primary motor cortex, at an intensity of 2mA.

  • For active anodal stimulation, the anode will be over the primary motor cortex, and the cathodal electrodes (4) will surround the anode in a 3 inch square, duration will be 20 minutes.
  • For active cathodal stimulation, the cathode will be over the primary motor cortex, and the anodal electrodes (4) will surround the cathode in a 3 inch square, duration will be 20 minutes.
  • For sham stimulation, the same procedure will be used, however, current will only be active for 30 seconds (current ramping up, then ramping down)

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 64 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

STUDY ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Providing informed consent to participate in the study
  2. 18 to 64 years old
  3. Having chronic musculoskeletal pain (existing pain for more than 6 months with an average of at least 3 on a 0-10 VAS scale)
  4. Pain resistant to common analgesics and medications for chronic pain such as Tylenol, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Soma, Parafon Forte DCS, Zanaflex, and Codeine.
  5. Must have the ability to feel pain as self reported

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Pregnancy
  2. Contraindications to tDCS

    • metal in the head
    • implanted brain medical devices
  3. History of alcohol or drug abuse within the past 6 months as self reported
  4. Use of carbamazepine within the past 6 months as self reported.
  5. Severe depression (with a score of >30 in the Beck Depression Inventory)
  6. History of neurological disorders as self reported.
  7. History of unexplained fainting spells as self reported,
  8. History of head injury resulting in more than a momentary loss of consciousness as self reported
  9. History of neurosurgery as self reported
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01402960

Locations
United States, Massachusetts
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Felipe Fregni, MD, PhD, MPH Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH)
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Felipe Fregni, Principal Investigator, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01402960     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2010-p-000990
Study First Received: June 29, 2011
Last Updated: April 22, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital:
High-Definition Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Chronic Pain
Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms

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