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Calmare NJ finally rids Colorado teen of CRPS pain and symptoms

Christy from CO_5.22.15

Krista

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

Allodynia

Allodynia

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

camare foot image with leads

Calmare scrambler therapy in action

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.

Would you like to learn more about Calmare Therapy treatment for RSD  / CRPS?

Just give us a little information about your condition:

Diabetic Nerve Pain (DPN) Treatments Expand to Drug-free Alternative Therapies

diabetic neuropathyAn astounding 26 million Americans are living with diabetes and about one in five experience diabetic nerve pain.

This severe chronic pain condition, called diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), has been reported by patients at a rate that is actually double the estimate from healthcare providers across the country, according to a new survey conducted by the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA).

Despite its prevalence, the survey of 500 physicians and nurses, and over one thousand people with DPN found major misconceptions and a significant lack of patient awareness about the disease. When they do diagnose the condition, doctors often resort to writing a prescription for a painkillers, which can be prohibitively expensive, come with dangerous side effects, or become ineffective over time.

Pain Symptoms of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN):
diabetes

  • Numbness
  • Stabbing pain in the hands or feet
  • Tingling or burning
  • Extreme sensitivity to pain and temperature
  • Shooting pain
  • Loss of balance

Most troubling is the fact many sufferers don’t know to ask about drug-free ways to treat this pain with their healthcare providers. Sadly, 77% of patients says DPN interferes with their ability to complete and enjoy normal day-to-day activities.

What Causes Diabetic Neuropathy?

The cause of this pain is the result of uncontrolled sugar levels that, over time, damages the nerves, most commonly affecting the toes, feet and hands.

Successful treatment for diabetic nerve pain can be challenging and the condition is often drug-resistant as well.

Calmare Scrambler Therapy Can Overcome Nerve Pain

That’s where Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment can help. This drug-free, pain-free therapy is available at Rutherford Allied Medical Group in northern New Jersey, the one and only pain treatment facility that has advanced expertise in helping NJ patients with diabetes-related pain.

Living with diabetes is challenging enough—you should not have to live with debilitating pain or side effects from prescription painkillers just to get through the day.

Dr. Michael Cooney is the clinical director of Calmare Therapy NJ and would be happy to talk with you about your medical history in more detail.

If you would like to learn more, complete the form below and we’ll be happy to answer any questions via email or call you with this information.

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of FreeDigital Photos.net “David Castillo Dominici”

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and United Healthcare Continue to Add Calmare Coverage

medical insurance cardMay 5, 2015

We continue to share medical insurance coverage information with you as we receive reliable information from our scrambler therapy colleagues across the country.

It is important to note that every insurance policy is unique and that coverage will vary according to the employer’s criteria.

HOW DO I FIND OUT IF I HAVE MEDICAL COVERAGE FOR CALMARE SCRAMBLER THERAPY?

Call the Member phone number located on the back of your card and speak specifically with a live person about your plan’s “Coverage.”

Tell them the CPT code you are calling about is 0278T.

The representative should tell you if it is a covered service and how you can obtain pre-certification. Here at Calmare Therapy NJ, our administrative team will be happy to provide you with any documentation your insurer may require.

Contact your insurance company before you proceed with treatment, if possible.

ANTHEM BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD

As of May 2015, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, a federation of 37 separate United States health insurance organizations and companies, has provided some degree of coverage for the treatment of several chronic pain conditions using Calmare scrambler therapy.

We have confirmed reports of coverage by these specific Anthem BCBS companies:

BCBS of Indiana

BCBS of Kentucky

BCBS of Missouri

BCBS of Ohio

BCBS of Wisconsin

BCBS of Minnesota

BCBS of North Carolina

United Healthcare

We have several confirmed patient reports of coverage approval based upon the specific use of CPT Code 0278T.

Make no mistake, we’re not there yet. At the same time, we’re happy to begin to see some light at the end of the tunnel where some medical insurers are recognizing the cost benefit and effectiveness of Calmare’s scrambler therapy in comparison to:

  •  Exorbitantly expensive medications
  •  Invasive in-patient chronic pain treatments such as Ketamine therapy and spinal cord stimulators (SCS).

Meanwhile, we will keep fighting, getting the word out and getting patients to stand up to insurance companies and demand attend. This is a fight we are not going to surrender any time soon, rest assured.

Fibromyalgia and Long-term Drug Use – There are Alternatives

April 30, 2015

By Michael J. Cooney, D.C.

While many patients use chiropractors and other alternative approaches to treat fibromyalgia pain, most continue to use analgesics (pain medications) provided by their primary care or pain management medical doctor.

These drugs help with varying degrees of success, but all will have unintended side effects, especially when taken over many years. Some patients, exhausted and debilitated by the ongoing use of prescription drugs, are frustrated and ready to escape this pain-pill-pain-pill cycle.

Finally, medical doctors and researchers are responding to the demands of the public and have focused their efforts and trying to get patients to decrease their use of medications. But in order to do so, patients living with chronic pain need viable alternatives.

Mayo Clinic finds less pain medication = higher quality of life

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic studied 159 patients for three weeks in an outpatient program where they slowly withdrew their medications. (Fibromyalgia patients were taking opioid analgesics,mayo clinic nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), benzodiazepines, and muscle relaxants).

The results of this analgesic-withdrawal program were dramatic. Patients had significant reduction in their medication use, and at the same time, their physical and emotional well-being significantly improved.

Instead of prescription medication that doesn’t work…

Calmare scrambler therapy and chiropractic care does not involve the prescription of pain medication. Our care begins with a comprehensive examination including tests of spinal mobility and function, including a detailed history to make sure your diagnosis is correct and that we have a solid baseline to compare how your pain improves (decreases) over time.

calmare-patient-laura-miller-in-central-park-2011The care approach for the fibromyalgia patient can incorporate specific adjustments to counter spinal distortions (poor posture), and limited mobility. Patients at Calmare Therapy NJ combating fibromyalgia have also had significantly lower pain levels to the degree that they were able to resume normal daily function again (school, work, normal day-to-day activities).

Fighting pain requires a whole-life, whole-body holistic approach

At the same time, Calmare Therapy NJ aggressively promotes a healthy lifestyle  consisting of regular exercise, stretching, quality sleep, religious or spiritual outlets and a nutritious and balanced diet.

This comprehensive natural approach is markedly different from traditional Western medical treatments and has proven to be highly successful in a surprisingly short period of time.

Drugs are not the long-term medical solution to pain, particularly treating fibromyalgia.

Nine Common Symptoms of Fibromyalgia (Added May 12, 1015)

If you are a fibromyalgia sufferer and would like to learn more, please fill out this information below:

 

Thank You to Burning Nights for Their Calmare Scrambler Therapy Q&A

Burning NightsDuring the course of treating so many people with chronic pain, you meet many wonderful warriors who are battling disease with all their might.

A young woman from the UK is an outstanding inspiration in everything we do to combat the devastating effects of CRPS.

A warm thank you to Victoria and her Burning Nights‬ group for inviting me to be interviewed on their valuable CRPS website Q&A. This warrior has overcome seemingly insurmountable health crises to create and spearhead a website for #CRPS sufferers from around the globe.

We’ve chatted via email over the past year and she kindly offered to generate questions about our Calmare scrambler therapy from her thousands of readers worldwide.

I was very impressed by the intelligent and insightful questions from readers and hope I helped by offering quality information in return.

Victoria carefully edited this piece and has been very response to comments thus far.

I am personally honored to be affiliated and featured in this incredible helpful and useful resource to the CRPS community.

Thank you, Victoria, for your candor and willingness to feature a newer treatment option in the war on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

It’s been a pleasure from start to finish.

Dr. Cooney’s Q&A on Burning Nights

Multi-pronged, drug-free approach to fibromyalgia pain gains momentum

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

As you know, I’m not a proponent of prescription pain medication unless it is deemed absolutely necessary by a physician with advanced expertise treating a particular neuropathic condition.

woman in pain

Fibromyalgia sufferers can certainly relate. Many of the patients we treat here at Calmare Therapy New Jersey are opposed to using medication for several reasons–the debilitating side effects, the out-of-pocket costs and the end result, which is often disappointing.

USING NATURAL PAIN TREATMENTS THAT DON’T REQUIRE A PRESCRIPTION

Patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia (FMS) often choose to proactively seek out different complementary and alternative treatments. Since medications and surgery are rarely indicated, the use of safer (less toxic) alternatives has become widespread. About 50 percent of FMS patients report using these alternative treatments to help combat pain:

  • Exercise programs
  • Prayer, meditation and music therapy
  • Support Groups (live or via the Internet)
  • Chiropractic services and alternative treatments
  • Vitamin supplements

 VITAMIN C

Antioxidants are part of the repair mechanism for cell healing. Vitamin C is Vitamin Cimportant for tissue repair and its concentrations are lowered in patients who have suffered a trauma.

Long used by athletes to speed wound healing and recovery after work-outs, vitamin C has now caught the attention of medical researchers, who are examining how this vitamin works and whether it is effective as a supplement for patients with fibromyalgia.

Often, FMS patients take individual nutrients for specific symptoms which were recommended by a doctor. Other times the nutrient is part of a larger holistic regimen that also includes diet, weight management, vitamins, minerals, and herbs.

The Myers Cocktail method of IV infused Vitamin C and other key minerals (including magnesium) is catching on and a big story in the news lately. While I don’t personally endorse this treatment, I am mentioning in here because several of my patients who have undergone this therapy reported an improvement in FMS symptoms.

There is a large and fruitful healthcare community which is helping patients with acute and chronic pain with nary a drug in sight. From our beloved scrambler therapy to the use of vitamins and minerals, treatments with fewer side effects can offer relief from symptoms and pain.

But our medical community in this country still reaches for the prescription pad first. It is our duty, as holistic caregivers, to make sure patients are educated about other treatment modalities.

(Images courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

The importance of dental care for fibromyalgia, CRPS / RSD warriors

DentistFibromyalgia (FMS) pain often occurs in the face, head, and neck areas, which can make dental visits something to avoid, understandably. But because serious dental issues are common in people with fibromyalgia, regular trips to the dentist are necessary to catch problems before they become more serious.

No one is looking to add to your pain, that’s for certain. But maintaining your dental hygiene now can save more pain down the line.

More than 75 percent of the CRPS / RSD patients we have treated also suffer from chronic dental issues. People with myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) require the highest levels of specialized dental care due to the highly sensitive nature of their conditions.

I sought out the advice of a local dentist who specializes in treating patients with chronic pain conditions and asked him for advice to share with our Calmare readers:

BUT WHY DO I NEED TO GO TO THE DENTIST? I AM ALREADY IN PAIN

Regular dental visits are the same as the need for a general overall check-up with your primary care doctor every year—if you don’t do it, any potential issues will have ample time to grow and become more serious−and more complicated to treat−after the issue is finally diagnosed.

Do the due diligence in locating a dentist who treats patients with fibromyalgia / CRPS / RSD and understands your special issues. Once you’ve found one, ask about specific tools to help minimize and control pain, dental or otherwise, before, during and after treatment.

One of the unfortunate byproducts of chronic pain management is the common use of medications. These medications often contribute to ‘dry mouth’ and without adequate saliva, tooth decay and gum disease are more likely to flourish.

This dry mouth condition is called xerostomia and it has major dental consequences such as:

  • Interference with normal swallowing patterns
  • Taste alterations (dysgeusia)
  • Interference with speech
  • Inability to maintain oral tissue integrity
  • Mucositis (chronic mouth irritation and inflammation)
  • Dental decay
  • Erosion

To combat this condition, keep hydrated by sipping water throughout the day, chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless hard candy. You may also wish to use a moisturizing mouth spray, which your dentist can provide.

PERIODONTAL DISEASE

Over time, gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets that often become infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response to infection start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place.

If not treated, the bones, gums and tissue that supports the teeth are destroyed, requiring the diseased teeth to be extracted.

EXTRACTIONS

Understandably, people with chronic pain avoid potential pain triggers, including dental visits. So when tooth or gum pain or sensitivity presents, it is often in the latter stages of decay when the tooth cannot be salvaged. The unfortunate result is the need to remove the tooth.

THE BEST DEFENSE IS A STRONG OFFENSE

In the comfort of your home, brush teeth a minimum of twice daily and floss. (Yes, we know it’s gross, but isn’t it better to get that stuff out of your mouth and into the garbage?) Give your tongue a good brushing as well to remove bacteria that leads to plaque and chronic bad breath.

Twice-yearly tooth cleanings and exams are necessary to prevent and offset any issues before they become more serious and requiring more invasive treatment. Talk with your treating physician before your visit to determine any special protocol or medication requirements needed. Be sure that your doctor and dentist are in touch to fully understand the nature of your care needs.

After your cleaning or dental treatment, allow extra time to rest and recover. Eat soft food for a few days and avoid foods (meats, popcorn, hard candy) that can potentially become lodged in those clean and disease-free pearly whites!

Prevention of dental disease may very well pay off in good overall health, allowing your immune system to perform at its optimal level. While, admittedly, it’s not pleasant, it is nonetheless well worth the effort in the long run.

Dr. Michael Cooney is one of 10 certified providers of Calmare scrambler therapy in the U.S. He specializes in treating patients battling severe neuropathy as a result of fibromyalgia, CRPS / RSD, diabetes, shingles, post-surgical pain and pain after chemotherapy. To learn more, call 201-933-4440.

(Photo courtesy of freedigitalphoto.net)

An update from Katie who is back in high school after Calmare Therapy

Katie TriosiApril 8, 2015 – Rutherford, NJ

Sixteen-year-old Katie was here for scrambler therapy treatment a few months ago after CRPS sidelined her from even going to high school. She missed nearly a year of school, which was so disappointing as she’s one of the brightest young women we’ve ever met!

Katie underwent 10 Calmare scrambler treatments at the same time as 87-year-old Ann. We created a video combining each of their stories here reflecting their wide range in age, but same positive outcome.

She posted this update today about how she is feeling and how school is going:

“Just wanted to post a quick update……I am still pain-free as a result of Calmare Therapy! Monday will be 2 months since my last treatment and I was pain-free 2 days before that!!!!!

I will have to repeat the eleventh grade unfortunately but I am applying to the advanced high school and if I get in I will be able to take high school courses and pre-med college courses so fingers crossed I get accepted.

Life has been looking up as I have been getting more into my old routine. I am taking courses online right now in Chemistry and Spanish so that I can finally finish the tenth grade!”

What happens during a Calmare scrambler therapy treatment?

The patient experience is of utmost importance to us at Calmare Therapy NJ. The people we help have been through months–often years–of chronic and neuropathic pain treatments and medications that ultimately did not help lessen the pain.

Calmare Technology 2012Through the Calmare MC-5A  FDAcleared treatment protocol , supported by our own one-of-a-kind patient-centered care model, we can offer:

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Seniors

dramatic, and often lasting neuropathic relief empowering them to resume the high quality of life they so richly deserve.

At Calmare Therapy NJ, we listen to the patient

The scrambler treatments are performed in a highly interactive environment where we are actually seek out the patient’s care goals and treatment feedback before, during and after therapy.

Friends and family members are invited into the treatment room with you to offer support, company and (hopefully) a laugh or two.

There are no side effects from this treatment–no pain, no nausea, headaches, or physical symptoms.

Scrambler therapy is a “provider-dependent treatment

imageAt Calmare Therapy NJ, every treatment is administered by certified Calmare provider and trainer, Dr. Michael J. Cooney. 

That’s worth repeating–no assistant or staff person other than Dr. Cooney himself–will determine your pain treatment protocol, decide exactly where your leads should be placed (extremely important) and the duration of each treatment.

Scrambler therapy is administered non-invasively, without needles, surgery or drugs. It uses a low-level electrical impulse to mimic the body’s natural nerve communications, and take the chronic “pain” message, and replace with a “no pain” message.

camare foot image with leadsMost of our patients need (10) daily 35-minute treatment sessions, although some need a few more (particularly if they have been suffering for several years) or fewer, should the condition be more recently diagnosed.

There are typically no side effects and in most cases, pain relief is substantial or even eliminated.  Subsequent booster treatments may be needed down the line (typically 1 to 3 treatments) should the pain condition return.

Cost of Calmare Scrambler Therapy Versus Drugs or Co-Pays for In-Patient Treatment

The cost of the 10-treatment series is similar to the cost of most out-of-pocket drug therapies or many co-pays or deductibles required for more invasive and higher risk treatments.

We believe, as do our patients, that the overall value of scrambler therapy at Calmare Therapy NJ is measured in improved quality of life for most of our patients.

The treatment is not suitable for everyone, but it does treat many injuries and chronic medical conditions resulting in chronic pain.

If you are interested in learning more, just complete the Contact Me form below:

Scrambler therapy helps women with fibromyalia pain and symptoms

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Rutherford Allied Medical Group

I have been treating people in pain for more than 30 years. Providing successful pain relief for fibromyalgia sufferers has been especially challenging because many, if not most, therapies are often unsuccessful.

As a result, patients are ultimately dependent on pain medications for relief, which can introduce its own set of problems and ongoing expenses. The chronic nature of fibromyalgia symptoms interferes with job performance and attendance, personal relationships and ultimately dampens the overall quality of life.

The value of drug-free alternative treatments for women with fibromyalgia
Symptoms_of_fibromyalgiaWomen are ten times more likely to develop fibromyalgia. FDA-cleared Calmare scrambler therapy uses a drug-free, non-invasive, biophysical scrambler therapy to transmit a “no pain” message from the brain to the area in pain using electrodes similar to what you might use for an EKG. After personally administering this treatment for five years, we’ve experienced an average success rate of 85 percent treating advanced cases of fibromyalgia even when the patient is also suffering from reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD).

What does “success rate” mean?

In order to be considered part of our 85% success rate, the patient is required to achieve an outcome that reflects a very significant decrease in pain which is sustained for an increasing period of time after each treatment.

In several cases, patients leave treatment at a 0/10 on the traditional pain scale.

This is not a “miracle” therapy for neuropathy

But let me be clear─Calmare is not a “one-time-only” miracle cure. This FDA-cleared therapy is (typically) administered during a 10-treatment series lasting about 35 minutes to an hour for each session. However, booster treatments may be necessary months or years later, depending on the severity and length of time the patient has been in chronic pain.

The importance of your Calmare Therapy treatment provider

Should you choose to undergo Calmare Therapy for fibromyalgia or another type of chronic pain, a word of advise─make sure your therapy is performed by a doctor who has advanced expertise in understanding the musculoskeletal system and how pain is communicated between the brain and the receptors in the body. If your therapy is performed by someone with less expertise, your results may be diminished. Also, there are currently only seven providers in the U.S. who have been certified to perform Calmare Therapy, including myself.

Scrambler therapy patients defeating fibro pain weigh in

Laura Miller from Indiana

Katie Salmon from Pennsylvania

Melissa S from Michigan

If you’re a fibromyalgia sufferer, don’t give up the fight to find a cure for your pain. For inspiration, we invite you to watch a few videos of some of our patients whose lives have been changed because of Calmare Pain Therapy. I am always available to answer any questions or talk about your particular healthcare situation. Feel free to contact me anytime.

About Dr. Michael J. Cooney

Calmare Certified Location LogoMichael Cooney is a doctor of chiropractic at Rutherford Allied Medical Group in Bergen County, New Jersey. He is one of only 10 Certified Calmare Therapy providers in the U.S. Calmare has proven to be successful in the treatment of pain as a result of injury, RSD, fibromyalgia, radiating pain, cancer and chemotherapy treatment, PHN, diabetic pain, back and neck pain, post surgical pain, failed back surgery syndrome, and general neuropathy.

To learn more, call (201) 933- 4440 or complete this inquiry form below: