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Scrambler Therapy May Offer Lasting Relief For Chronic Pain

A recent review paper by Johns Hopkins pain specialists (Thomas J. Smith, M.D., Eric J. Wang, M.D., and Charles L. Loprinzi, M.D.) reveals that scrambler therapy, a non-invasive pain treatment, can provide significant relief for about 80-90% of patients with chronic pain, and may be more effective than another non-invasive therapy: transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). The report was published on July 13th in The New England Journal of Medicine.

scrambler therapy

Scrambler therapy, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2009. It uses electrical stimulation delivered through the skin by electrodes placed over and under the areas of the body where chronic pain is felt. The aim is to target the nerve endings and replace the signals from the area where the pain is felt with signals from surrounding areas that are not experiencing pain, thus ‘scrambling’ the pain signals being sent to the brain.