Imagine if a machine could tell your nerve fibers that you are not actually feeling spinal stenosis pain — and it worked. That sounds like science fiction, right? But “scrambler therapy” is a very real spinal stenosis treatment used by some of the most prestigious spinal facilities in the United States, including here at Charleston’s Non-Surgical Spine Center. Multiple scientific studies published by the National Institutes of Health have shown scrambler therapy to be effective in the treatment of chronic pain, including pain associated with spinal stenosis.
There are two types of spinal stenosis that impact millions of Americans every year. Cervical stenosis impacts the neck and upper back, while lumbar stenosis impacts the lower back. Symptoms can include pain, balance and mobility issues, numbness and tingling, and a lowered quality of life due to the chronic nature of the condition.
Osteoarthritis, or simply arthritis, is a common cause of spinal stenosis. When the space between the spinal bones narrows due to wear and tear, it can cause nerve fibers to be “pinched,” leading to chronic pain. Spinal stenosis can also be caused by herniated disks, due to age or injury. Other things that can cause a narrowing between the spinal bones include injuries (such as car accidents), tumor growth along the spine, diseases that cause bone overgrowth, or a toughening of the ligaments in the spine.
Scrambler therapy is a revolutionary machine-based spinal stenosis treatment that avoids surgery. The nerve fibers in a spinal stenosis patient’s spine are sending pain signals to the brain. The scrambler therapy machine sends a signal to the nerve fibers. This is a “non-pain” signal that convinces the nerve fibers that everything is okay.
There are many advantages to scrambler therapy as a spinal stenosis treatment. The most obvious advantage is that it avoids the need for surgery. Patients can receive very real pain relief from their spinal stenosis, without addictive prescription medications, injections or implants. The treatment is also very affordable.
Scrambler therapy for spinal stenosis treatment is not recommended for all patients, however. Pregnant women cannot receive the treatment. The patient receiving scrambler therapy must have a confirmed diagnosis that their spinal stenosis is musculoskeletal in nature. You will also need a thorough examination prior to receiving the treatment. If you have any skin lesions, they must be ruled as non-cancerous before you can receive scrambler therapy.
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Scrambler therapy has been proven effective in providing pain relief from a variety of different chronic conditions. If you would like to learn whether you are a good candidate for spinal stenosis treatment, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.