Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. It has been used as a treatment option for various mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety. In recent years, psychiatrists have begun to use TMS to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Studies have shown that TMS can be effective in reducing OCD symptoms. In a randomized controlled trial, researchers found that individuals who received TMS treatment had significant improvements in OCD symptoms compared to those who received a placebo treatment. In addition, a comprehensive review of 21 separate studies concluded that all TMS protocols included in the review resulted in greater clinical improvement for OCD patients than placebo.
Due to the cutting-edge nature of these studies, until recently commercial insurance has not covered the cost of using TMS as a treatment modality for OCD. We are happy to share the news that Cigna, one of the largest providers of commercial insurance in the United States, is now covering TMS as a treatment for OCD in some cases. Coverage of TMS still requires your psychiatrist to apply for a prior authorization, which may or may not be granted based on each patient’s medical history and circumstances.
Dr. Elia Gonzalez-Rodriguez, medical director of Pacific Phoenix TMS, has extensive experience treating a variety of mental health conditions, including OCD. In addition, Dr. Gonzalez-Rodriguez and our Pacific Phoenix technicians have delivered nearly 10,000 TMS sessions to date. If you are interested in discussing potential treatments for OCD, including TMS, please contact our office today to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Gonzalez-Rodriguez.