Transcranial magnetic stimulation: A possible treatment for TBI

Theresa L Bender Pape*, Joshua M Rosenow, Gwyn Lewis

*Corresponding author for this work

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The purpose of this article is to outline the principles of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), to summarize the existing use of TMS as a prognostic indicator and as a therapeutic device in clinical populations, and to highlight the potential of repetitive TMS (rTMS) as an intervention for traumatic brain injury. TMS is a painless method to stimulate the human brain. Repeated applications of TMS can influence brain plasticity and cortical reorganization through stimulation-induced alterations in neuronal excitability. Existing evidence has demonstrated positive outcomes in people with motor disorders and psychiatric conditions who have received rTMS as a therapeutic intervention. These findings suggest that rTMS may be a promising treatment for people with traumatic brain injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-451
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2006



  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology

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