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2019 Sep

Pain Physician



Neurostimulation for the Treatment of Chronic Head and Facial Pain: A Literature Review.


Antony AB, Mazzola AJ, Dhaliwal GS, Hunter CW
Pain Physician. 2019 Sep; 22(5):447-477.
PMID: 31561646.


Head and facial pain is a common and often difficult to treat disorder. Routine treatments sometimes fail to provide acceptable relief, leaving the patient searching for something else, including narcotics and surgery. Recently, neuromodulation has been expanding to provide another option. Secondary to its potentially temporary nature and relatively manageable risk profile, several reviews have suggested trialing neuromodulation prior to starting narcotics or invasive permanent surgeries. There is evidence that neuromodulation can make a difference in those patients with intractable severe craniofacial pain.