Scrambler Pain Therapy
FAQ

I've had spinal fusions and I also have metal implants in my back.  Is the Scrambler process contraindicated in these cases?
As long as the metallic implant does NOT have iron (if it does, you will be told you cannot have an MRI done) or produces its own current, like in a stimulator or pacemaker, then it is not a contraindication to this therapy. By the way, most all joint replacements and spine supports (screws, plates, "cages") typically do not contain iron.
Can I use the Scrambler Therapy if I have an implanted stimulation device?
Unfortunately no, especially if you have a cardiac pacemaker. The same is true for spinal cord stimulators and other implanted nerve stimulators, even if the stimulator is switched off.
Is Scrambler Therapy invasive and are there side-effects?
Scrambler Therapy is a non-invasive methodology and does not have any known side-effects or undesired effects. It is very simple and uses disposable surface electrodes.
How long can I expect the pain relief to last after a Scrambler Therapy session?
This varies according to different types of pain being treated. In chronic benign pain, one treatment cycle is enough for a long period of pain control. In all pain types, further treatments may need to be carried out, whenever pain re-emerges.
How will I know if this treatment works for me?
During the first three treatments, after the electrodes are placed and the stimulation level is done correctly, you will have significant pain relief or even be pain-free. In the subsequent treatments you will notice that the pain will re-emerge with less intensity, and the duration of pain relief gets longer and longer.
How long do the treatments last?
The treatments normally last for 30 minutes plus the time necessary to position and find the correct amount of electrode stimulation. Typically, you will receive one treatment a day, Monday thru Friday, for up to two weeks in a row. Specific cases can require different number of treatments.
Can Scrambler Therapy work with acute pain?
Yes, but in this case it works simply as symptomatic therapy. This means that it must be used every time acute pain occurs, until the normal healing process solves the cause that generated it.
What do you feel during stimulation?
During stimulation intensity adjustment, you may feel a mild “sting”, "shock" or "burn" sensation that suggests the correct intensity is being reached. Once this correct intensity is reached, the uncomfortable feeling becomes "tolerable" or even "pleasant". Afterwards, you will notice pain relief in the treated area.
Do I need medication or other kinds of treatments in conjunction with Scrambler Therapy?
Scrambler Therapy is a stand-alone medical electroanalgesia device and does not require combinations with other analgesic therapies.
Why is it named Scrambler Therapy?
Scrambler techniques were first used for military reasons. A Scrambler is a device capable of transforming a piece of original information into another type of information, no longer recognizable. Since the scientific research that led to this technology is based on the active principle of replacing information of pain into “non-pain”, the inventor thought the name “Scrambler Therapy” was the most appropriate one.
Can Scrambler Therapy cure my disease?
No.Scrambler therapy cannot cure or correct the underlying condition that is causing the pain. It treats chronic neuropathic pain as a separate and distinct problem by changing the message the nerves are sending to the brain from pain to non-pain.

And it cannot eradicate your pain forever. Eventually your pain will return usually in 1 to 6 months. This can happen sooner or later than that time frame based on the individual's response to therapy. When pain reoccurs we can then provide booster therapy. This is usually 2-3 treatments to regain previously experienced comfort levels.