Article (Scientific journals)
Methods and strategies of tDCS for the treatment of pain: current status and future directions
Pacheco-Barrios, Kevin; Cardenas-Rojas, Alejandra; Thibaut, Aurore et al.
2020In Expert Review of Medical Devices
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi


Full Text
Author preprint (237.98 kB)
Request a copy

All documents in ORBi are protected by a user license.

Send to


Keywords :
tDCS; pain; neuroplasticity
Abstract :
[en] Introduction: Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a noninvasive neuromodulation technique that has been widely studied for the treatment of chronic pain. It is considered a promising and safe alternative pain therapy. Different targets have been tested, each having their own particular mechanisms for modulating pain perception. Areas covered: We discuss the current state of the art of tDCS to manage pain and future strategies to optimize tDCS' effects. Current strategies include primary motor cortex tDCS, prefrontal tDCS and tDCS combined with behavioral interventions while future strategies, on the other hand, include high-intensity tDCS, transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation, cerebellar tDCS, home-based tDCS, and tDCS with extended number of sessions. Expert commentary: It has been shown that the stimulation of the prefrontal and primary motor cortex is efficient for pain reduction while a few other new strategies, such as high-intensity tDCS and network-based tDCS, are believed to induce strong neuroplastic effects, although the underlying neural mechanisms still need to be fully uncovered. Hence, conventional tDCS approaches demonstrated promising effects to manage pain and new strategies are under development to enhance tDCS effects and make this approach more easily available by using, for instance, home-based devices.
Disciplines :
Author, co-author :
Pacheco-Barrios, Kevin
Cardenas-Rojas, Alejandra
Thibaut, Aurore ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Consciousness-Coma Science Group
Costa, Beatriz
Ferreira, Isadora
Caumo, Wolnei
Fregni, Felipe
Language :
Title :
Methods and strategies of tDCS for the treatment of pain: current status and future directions
Publication date :
Journal title :
Expert Review of Medical Devices
Publisher :
Taylor & Francis, United Kingdom
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Available on ORBi :
since 27 December 2020


Number of views
45 (4 by ULiège)
Number of downloads
1 (1 by ULiège)

Scopus citations®
Scopus citations®
without self-citations


Similar publications

Contact ORBi