It’s simply not right for someone whose life is just beginning to be sidelined by chronic pain, particularly the debilitating symptoms brought on by a severe case of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD).
Colorado high school student Krista arrived here at Calmare Therapy New Jersey two weeks ago in search of help for her treatment-resistant pain and growing list of CRPS symptoms after a running injury in 2013.
Like many fighting CRPS, she was forced to deal with an ever-growing list of symptoms
of the condition that included chronic pain, allodynia, swelling, sweats, pins and needles.
Over a two-year period, she underwent several treatment efforts, some particularly painful and invasive:
- Nerve blocks
- Lidocaine injections
- Physical therapy
- The prescription painkiller Neurontin (gabapentin)
Krista’s pain level was manageable, about a 3/4 every day, until she walked “too much.” Then the intense pain set in. But the increasing number of physical symptoms finally brought her to Calmare New Jersey after she and her family read about other RSD patient stories online and their positive outcomes.
Calmare scrambler therapy begins Monday, May 11, 2015
“When I reviewed Krista’s medical history prior to her making the trip to NJ, her chart looked like many of the other patients we have treated successfully, says Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director. “I had a strong feeling the scrambler could help her.”
How scrambler therapy can help CRPS and RSD
Calmare, an FDA-cleared, pain-free, drug-free treatment that has no side effects, is performed through very low doses of electricity transmitted through 16 different algorithms (electrodes) to disrupt the chronic pain loop message from the brain.
Krista’s treatment experience
After 10 treatments over the course of the next two weeks (each daily treatment lasts about 35 minutes), Krista’s outcome was outstanding. “She is leaving us today after her last treatment with a pain level of 0/1 and her other symptoms have diminished exponentially–even after just two weeks,” Dr. Cooney recounts.
Krista has big plans for living a ‘normal life’ again
Krista told Dr. Cooney she couldn’t wait to get back home to “start living a normal life again.” One of her plans is to (slowly) resume running cross country.
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