What is Neuromodulation?

Millions of Americans live with neurological disorders that arise from abnormal firing of the circuits of the nervous system. These disorders can cause a wide range of debilitating symptoms, including chronic pain and movement disorders. Conditions include Parkinson's disease, Tourette syndrome, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Neuromodulation is a series of techniques that act directly on your nervous system. By changing the way your nerves carry information to and from the brain, we can your decrease pain and increase mobility. At the Center for Neuromodulation, we use electrical currents and medications to treat nervous system problems.

“Neuromodulation therapies are a new field of treatment that involves stimulating parts of the nervous system to alter or reset the abnormal circuitry,” says Brian H. Kopell, MD, Director of the Center for Neuromodulation. “By implanting devices in the affected area of the body, we can use electricity or drugs to alter the problematic circuitry — much in the same way that a pacemaker controls abnormal heart rhythms.”

The field of neuromodulation is constantly growing and we, at the Center for Neuromodulation, are constantly conducting research to help further its development.