Category Archives: Rutherford Allied Medical Group

Johns Hopkins doctor / researcher studies Calmare declares he’s a “believer”

national pain report

Dr. Thomas Smith reported today in the National Pain Report that after four long years of studying Calmare scrambler therapy, his findings found:

“We’re not talking about a 10 percent reduction in pain. We’re talking a 50 to 80 percent reduction in pain, which is exactly what one sees with spinal cord stimulation,” says Smith.

 As reported in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, while Calmare  has been used primarily to treat neuropathy, it  has also been used to treat other chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, phantom limb pain, back pain, and Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (also known as RSD).

Overall, I thought this report was forthright and finally confirms what we’ve been saying all along. Once we hear good news from the Mayo Clinic study, more people in pain will hear about scrambler therapy and seek treatment. The insurance companies will finally be forced to face the reality of the cost effectiveness of this alternative solution to pain and properly cover this treatment.

Our day is coming.

Reader Request: My POV on the spinal cord stimulator (SCS)

Over the course of the past few years, I’ve been asked about my position on the use of a spinal cord stimulator as a treatment for severe, treatment-resistant pain.  I’m treating a patient this week with an SCS (turned off during the 10-treatment cycle) and received another query last night via Facebook,  so I’ve composed my own personal position statement on the subject, based upon my experience:

spinal cord stimulatorFirst, each patient’s medical condition is unique and the prescribing doctor must use all of his resources to procure the most viable treatment plan offering the best chance of a successful outcome. My opinion is based upon the patients I have treated over the years with these implanted devices.

How Calmare Therapy’s electric transmission differs from SCS
SCS is, at best, a temporary relief. There seems to be about a three to six- month period when it can be optimally effective. The SCS functions like a tens machine which transmits a single current. Conversely, Calmare’s scrambler therapy technology offers 16 different currents which constantly alternate so that no one sequence is repeated during a treatment. This variability prevents the brain from learning to tolerate it (as with the SCS) and therefore will not accommodate to it.

Why is the SCS often a short-term solution for pain relief? The brain will learn to tolerate a single consistent current and ultimately it will be less effective. The SCS is especially tricky for the RSD / CRPS patients due to the surgical implantation involved and the potential for the development of additional pain symptoms after the procedure.

Cost Benefit Analysis
Another practical aspect is the cost of the SCS, which can be more than $60,000, sometimes partially covered by insurance, but often not. To me, when you compare the cost of 10 Calmare treatments ($2,500 total) combined with the fact that it is:

• non-invasive
• has no painful side effects
• doesn’t involve any pharmaceutical use
• cleared by the FDA

It does make me wonder why the SCS garners so much attention.

Many patients using the SCS experience some anxiety when I tell them their device will be shut off for 10 days, which is certainly justifiable. As a Calmare provider, there is nothing better than having these patients later tell me they have no need to turn it back after their treatment cycle is complete.

If you or a loved one has the SCS device implanted and it is not providing the desired results, please contact our office so we can learn more about your medical history, treatment efforts, medication usage and personal experience with your device. From this information, we can mutually determine if scrambler therapy might be a viable treatment alternative for you.

Another shingles — post hepetic neuralgia — patient has great outcome after Calmare Therapy

shinglesIt’s been another fruitful week here in the trenches of the war on chronic pain. You might recall about six months ago I treated Joan from New York,  a former pharma executive, for post herpetic neuralgia ( PHN ) or shingles, and she experienced a very positive outcome after Calmare Therapy.  She generously wrote a letter about her experience, from a patient point-of-view, which she generously allowed us to publish.

This week, I began treating a male patient in his 70′s, a former physics professor, interestingly, presenting with PHN as well.  He has been suffering with this disease and the ensuing chronic pain since 2007.

When he arrived Monday, his pain level was an 8 to 9 on his right flank.  His stated goal was to ultimately reduce his pain to level 2.  Following today’s treatment (#5), he stated the pain level went from a 4/5 (Friday pre-treatment) to a 1/2 for the first time.  He and his wife were elated, to say the least. And this is only the first week of his 10-treatment scrambler therapy regime.

Coincidentally, the Sydney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in Baltimore just published results from their own study using Calmare to alleviate pain specifically for PHN pain and and reported an outstanding  95 percent reduction in pain for these patients. Their researchers called for additional testing based upon these promising results. You can read about this study, published by the  National Institutes of Health, here:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23838448?dopt=Abstract

As for my patient, I expect his pain may creep up a bit over the weekend but he has five more treatments scheduled for next week.  We all have high hopes for even more good news ahead.

Wishing everyone a relaxing, low pain weekend.

Calmare Therapy bringing together the global pain community

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

world-mapLast night, (with the chair next to my air conditioning vent and two fans blowing on me due to the incredible heat wave we’re experiencing…) I was thinking about a patient I am treating this week from Louisiana.

Louisiana?

A few years ago, my patients were locals from the Bergen County, New Jersey area.  My sole purpose for introducing Calmare was to offer a drug-free, pain-free alternative treatment just for my own patients who did not respond to PT or chiropractic therapy. (I have been in pain management for a long time and still don’t believe drugs are the solution for acute or chronic neuropathy).

Little did I know that my certification as a Calmare provider would open the door to patients from around the U.S. and even the world. Today, our staff spends a good portion of each day helping out-of-town patients secure travel and local accommodations near our office.  From California to Mississippi, Maryland and Indiana, we have met wonderful people from just about every state.

Then, just this morning, we confirmed our first patient coming next month from Australia.

Australia?

The MC-5A machine has the capacity to help so many people living in pain every minute of every day. Can it help everyone? Unfortunately, no.  But I am consistently seeing significant decreases in pain levels (as well as pain levels reduced to 0) in 80 percent of the patients I am treating.

Way back when, after I introduced Calmare for my own patients here in my little corner of New Jersey, I had no idea the geographic doors it would open. I am honored.  More importantly, we are more determined (than ever) to get the word out and help people from anywhere and everywhere. Welcome all. Let’s get to work.

When Calmare Therapy links India to Pennsylvania

indiaEven after using the Internet and social media every day for many years, it still never ceases to amaze me. This morning is a perfect example:  I received a message from a physician in India who is using Calmare Therapy for his patients there, with equally successful patient outcomes. He found our practice after watching our patient, Deena Lotridge, share her Calmare story on YouTube

We’ve sent Dr. Kuppusami a response and look forward to sharing a common bond (and clinical experiences) with each other, even if his practice is several thousand miles away.

Unfortunately, the ties the bind that two of us are pain. But, together, on different sides of the world, we fight the battle side-by-side.

Calmare Therapy NJ specializing in treatment of RSD and CRPS

During the past 12 months, the volume of patients we are treating for these conditions has quadrupled. As a result, we issued this news release emphasizing that our patient base is largely comprised of people with RSD, CRPS and RND (with patients ranging from decade-long suffering to about a year).

Keep in mind, Calmare has also be very successful treating other chronic neuropathic conditions including chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), diabetic neuropathy, post-surgical pain and other conditions.

NEWS RELEASE

Calmare Therapy NJ specializing in treatment of RSD and CRPS

Calmare Certified Location LogoCalmare Therapy New Jersey, a partner practice with Rutherford Allied Medical Group, is now specializing in the use of Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment for patients living with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) and chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS). This specialization was announced after marked clinical success treating patients with these treatment and medication-resistant neuropathic diseases.

“We have consistently documented an 80 percent successful outcome rate treating RSD and CRPS patients using scrambler therapy,” says Dr. Michael J. Cooney, a doctor of chiropractic and one of 10 certified providers of Calmare in the U.S. “There are thousands of people living in severe pain every day with these diseases. I believe we can help most of them.”

Calmare, an FDA-cleared, pain-free, drug-free, scrambler therapy, is performed through very low doses of electricity transmitted through 16 different algorithms (electrodes) to disrupt the chronic pain loop message from the brain.

“I traveled 1,000 miles from Mississippi to see Dr. Cooney and try Calmare and it was worth every minute,” says Matt Hannon, a technology manager who contracted RSD in his left foot after a back surgery. “I needed only eight of the 10 treatments because I was feeling 0 pain. Best of all, I am no longer using any pain medication.”

Calmare Technology 2012Rutherford Allied Medical Group, located seven miles from New York City in Bergen County NJ, is comprised of board-certified physicians, chiropractic specialists and physical therapists that treat pain biophysically, without medication. Calmare Pain Treatment Therapy® is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive scrambler therapy proven to help relieve several types of severe chronic pain. For more information, call (201) 933-4440 or visit calmaretherapynj.com.

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More patients rejecting doctor-recommended spinal cord implants and painkillers to combat chronic pain

ksl tvOn Friday, June 7, there was a great TV news story from Utah about several  Utah men with chronic neuropathy, foot pain, and RSD who took a chance on Calmare Therapy and finally found substantial relief from severe pain. We’re not sure why there weren’t any women profiled in the piece, but we’ll take any news we can get…) http://www.ksl.com/?sid=25506361&nid=148&fm=most_popular&s_cid=popular-5

News reports, blog articles, research news and patient stories–we will get the word out.  Painkillers? Painful and invasive pain treatments? Your days are numbered.

“Get to Know Calmare” event offered exclusively for podiatrists

Foot stepping legsAs one of just a few healthcare practitioners in the country certified to provide Calmare scrambler therapy, I’ve had the privilege to partner with a variety of physicians ─ physiatrists, family doctors, orthopedists and podiatrists ─ to help their treatment resistant patients overcome neuropathy (when other therapies and medications simply didn’t work).

Many of the patients we help are suffering from lower extremity pain, often concentrated in the ankles and feet. The origins of this pain are varied: trauma and injury; RSD / CRPS; post-surgical pain, diabetic neuropathy and pain from chemotherapy treatment.

As a result, I am inviting podiatrists from the New Jersey / New York metro area on Wednesday, June 19, to offer a presentation of our pain-free, side-effect-free scrambler therapy and explain its benefits to patients with chronic lower extremity pain. We will meet for dinner here in the Rutherford, NJ area and I’ll offer an overview of the benefits of the therapy, what patients and conditions might be suitable for treatment, and answer questions.  I’ll also share some recent patient case studies.

If you are a podiatrist in the New York, New Jersey region, please feel free to call our office at 201.933.4440 and we’ll be happy to provide additional details and reserve seating for you. There is no fee to attend and I look forward to meeting everyone!

Dr. Michael Cooney

Joy from West Virginia wins the RSD war with Calmare Therapy

Last week, I received this update from Joy:

“I have come off of 5 meds so far since my last Calmare treatment. I can’t believe the difference in my clarity. I never really read the side effects of them until yesterday… Thanks again for your magic machine.  The first Saturday I was home, my husband and I took a little hike! He has been so happy with the outcome of the treatments! Okie dokie, keep working your magic!!”

Joy_WV_4.2013Joy is one of those vivacious people who are bigger than life–she has a winning personality and charisma that is off the charts  (her name suits her perfectly). The fact that she’s been living for years with RSD pain in her foot after a fall is unbelievable.

Yet again, her neurologist told her that to minimize the RSD pain she would need a neurostimulator implanted into her spine and a tabletop full of drugs. And, like many,  she simply said, “no.”

Joy came to see me last year to try one Calmare treatment.  I offer this to anyone who I feel may benefit from the treatment. (The first visit is free if there is no reduction in pain. If they feel the relief, then that visit is the first of ten). While patients don’t always experience immediate pain relief, so do. This was Joy’s case. In fact,  she went home after a single treatment (the standard protocol is a 10-treatment series, one per day). But a year later the pain returned and she decided to undergo the full treatment series to achieve longer-lasting pain relief. However, her response early on was so successful that we agreed that eight treatments was enough and off she went back to West Virginia.

She filmed a video here depicting her experience. As you can see, this is not a woman who is going to give up easily. And, thankfully, she left us, wearing her favorite boots again.

Mississippi man says no to more surgery and invasive treatments for his RSD

Since introducing Calmare Therapy, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some spectacular people who I would never have met otherwise. Here’s a perfect example–

It’s not every day that a Jersey City boy (me) meets up with a southern gentleman from Mississippi.  But Matt Hannon heard about Calmare Therapy and came up to see us for five treatments.  He’s a family man and a very bright fellow (some kind tech expert) and chief of the local volunteer fire department. He was also living with a severe case of RSD he could not get off his back.

Medical History:

He was diagnosed by his doctor with RSD in his right foot following lower back disc surgery. He limped and experienced extreme pain after walking about 10 minutes. To get through the day, he took a battery of OTC and prescribed pain medications.

Facing more recommended surgery and/or the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator, Matt took matters into his own hands.  He began Calmare scrambler therapy  May 20 with a pain level of 7/8.  After four Calmare treatments,  he came in with a 2/3 and post treatment (#5) he was a 0/10. 

He shared his experience with us and generously allowed us to share it with you below: 

Matt from MS

R. Matt Hannon

“Had an AWESOME successful week with Doctor Cooney at Calmare Therapy in New Jersey.  I traveled over 1,000 miles each way and it was worth every second and every penny. It has given me my life back. I still have some numbness, tingly and temperature departures but I can definitely deal with this. I have not been able to walk more than 10-15 minutes in 2 years and one day walked over an hour as well as traveling through the airports using NO pain meds! I also met 2 other female patients there who also had success with their RSD this week as well.

Dr. Cooney cares greatly for what he does and is literally changing lives. Kathy in the office was great as well and very kind.

I hope the treatments I had are good for life, but if they are not, I will definitely go back here only. Feel free to comment or inbox me with any questions. This is pain free and risk free, you have NOTHING to risk or lose!

My doctors here wanted me to have more surgery and a neurostimulator.  But I took my health in my own hands and did my research for the best Calmare anywhere. I have no ties to Doctor Cooney and was a complete stranger (coming all the way from Mississippi).

Truth?  I was skeptical because I had tried so many treatments through the years. After the first treatment ,I amazed and even jogged down the hall from the elevator to my room! Again please contact me if you are skeptical and contact Doctor Cooney today. Even my family was skeptical, but this changed my life and I am very grateful!

Thank you all and good luck and God Bless.”

Matt Hannon