Therapeutic rTMS in Neurology: Applications, Concepts, and Issues

  • Thomas PlatzEmail author


rTMS therapy has been shown to generate clinical benefits in a variety of conditions after stroke such as arm and leg paresis, spasticity, dysphagia, aphasia, and neglect, for motor deficits in Parkinson’s disease, for impaired gait and spasticity in incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI) subjects, and for other frequently encountered clinical conditions such as tinnitus and neuropathic pain. The variability of the brain’s response and any clinical effects to rTMS therapy still make it difficult to predict any individual’s response. Nevertheless, the clinical benefits that can be achieved are at times remarkable and favor the clinical application of rTMS therapy. Issues such as the neurophysiological model of action, the selection of the target site, the type, the schedule, and the combinations of rTMS applications, as well as the question of combined rTMS and training therapy, are reflected for the different conditions treated.


Neuropathic Pain Supplementary Motor Area Stimulation Site Theta Burst Stimulation Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BDH-Klinik GreifswaldErnst-Moritz-Arndt UniversitätGreifswaldGermany

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