Event-related potential recordings may provide valuable insight into somatosensory responses to pain

Takeaway

  • The utilization of event-related potential (ERP) recordings and electroencephalography (EEC) may provide useful insight into neuronal activity in response to nociceptive stimuli.

Why this matters

  • Chronic pain is defined as pain lasting for > 3 months with moderate to severe chronic pain reported as one of the most prominent causes of disability worldwide.

  • The use of ERP recordings, where EEG signals are recorded in response to specific stimuli and are characterized by latency and amplitude are typically used as the gold stand in the assessment of the global integrity of the nociceptive system.