What Is Scrambler Therapy?

Millions of Americans are affected by chronic pain, impacting their day-to-day lives. While doctors can prescribe medication to help with pain management, it’s not foolproof. Luckily, as technology has advanced, new pain management approaches have been developed to help treat chronic neuropathic pain.

This article will discuss what scrambler therapy is and how it helps with pain management.

Scrambler therapy defined

Scrambler therapy is a pain management approach that uses a machine to block pain signals by providing non-pain information to nerve fibers that have been receiving pain signals.

The first study done on scrambler therapy was published in 2003 by a research and development team at the University of Rome Tor Vergata in Italy. Researchers found scrambler therapy effectively reduced pain symptoms in patients with severe, drug-resistant pain from terminal cancer.

Since then, the device has received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Patients experiencing the following can receive scrambler therapy:

  • Pain from cancer and chemotherapy
  • Pain as a result of chronic diseases like diabetes and multiple sclerosis
  • Chronic back and neck pain
  • Pain from a failed surgery
  • Phantom limb pain

How does scrambler therapy work?

Scrambler therapy is considered an electro-cutaneous treatment. The therapy works by providing non-pain electrical information to the nerves transmitting chronic pain information. Through a process called plasticity, non-pain information can retrain the brain so that it does not send pain receptors to the chronic pain area.

Like an electrocardiogram, the scrambler therapy machine works by placing leads on patients around the areas of chronic pain. Pain symptoms will go into remission for a short time. But after about ten sessions, patients will experience pain remission for three to nine months. When symptoms return, patients can receive one to two booster treatments to make the pain go back into remission. The remission period typically increases after consecutive booster treatments.

What to expect during scrambler therapy

Patients are usually seated in a comfortable position and a set of leads is placed on sites close to the area of pain or neuropathy. The electrodes are then turned on with a gradual increase in intensity to the point where patients can feel sensations. When a patient reports the buzzing sensation has replaced an area of pain, the treatment has been successful. This typically occurs within a minute or two of the treatment starting. At times, the electrodes that have been placed around the area of pain may need to be moved to obtain more success. And sometimes, more electrodes must be added to an area to help relieve discomfort and pain.

Typically, the scrambler machine stays on for 30 minutes following successful electrode placements. It’s then turned off, and the patient commonly reports that the pain is improved. The pain relief from the first treatment may seem short-lived, but it gradually improves over time as the patient undergoes further treatments.

Contact CRPS and Neuropathic Pain Center of America to learn more about scrambler therapy!

Our team understands that neuropathic pain can impact every aspect of your life. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive and personalized care if you suffer from a challenging condition like Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). With our commitment to your well-being, we offer a haven where you can find relief, support, and empowerment.

We have a team of highly trained medical professionals that utilizes cutting-edge technology and a compassionate approach to create a tailored plan to address your needs. Book your appointment with us today to embark on a transformative journey and reclaim your life.

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