Brain Activity in People with Chronic Neuropathic Pain and SCI

The purpose of this research study is to learn more about how patterns of brain activity change during different thinking tasks and how these changes relate to the intensity and unpleasantness of the neuropathic pain experienced. 

Neuropathic pain is a kind of pain that is caused by a disruption of the nervous system. Neuropathic pain is common among people with SCI, is often severe, and can interfere significantly with daily life. Current treatments do not eliminate neuropathic pain for most individuals. Therefore, it is important to identify other strategies that enable people with SCI to exert more control over their pain. 

Actively Recruiting

The study takes place over 2 days, separated by approximately 1-3 weeks. Participation lasts approximately 1 hour on the first day (for a telephone interview) and may take up to 7.5 hours on the second day (for a fMRI scan). 

Inclusion Criteria
  • Individuals diagnosed with SCI at least 1 year prior to enrollment
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Right-handed
  • Have chronic neuropathic pain for longer than 3 months
  • Neuropathic pain is constant (present 24/7)
  • Neuropathic pain is of moderate-high intensity 
  • Not planning to start a new pain treatment or change current dosage of an existing treatment
  • Able to understand verbal and written English

Participants who complete the study receive up to $225. 

IRB Number:

R- 1057- 19