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March 1982

Relief of Pain and Spasticity by Posterior Column Stimulation: A Proposed Mechanism

Author Affiliations

Dr Spiegel is an Emeritus Professor of Neurology, Temple University, Philadelphia.

Arch Neurol. 1982;39(3):184-185. doi:10.1001/archneur.1982.00510150054013

• The mechanism of posterior column stimulation in the treatment of spasticity and pain is poorly understood. Ascending conduction including the cerebellum plays a part in the therapeutic effect. Evoked potential studies are needed to test the extent of utilization of the proposed circuits.