Category Archives: Rutherford Allied Medical Group

Our first patient with CRPS due to glossopharyngeal neuralgia syndrome yields outstanding results with scrambler therapy

Mirelle_VA_Image 2_betterApril 2, 2014

Mireille, an attorney from Alexandria, VA, came to Calmare Therapy NJ supported by her husband on March 11 for CRPS treatment.

Her neuropathic condition began in April 2012 after a sore throat turned into glossopharyngeal neuralgia (a condition in which there are repeated episodes of severe shock-like pain in the tongue, throat, ear, tonsils and head which can last from a few seconds to a few minutes). Eventually diagnosed with CRPS, the disease began to overtake her upper body including her back, arm, hand, shoulder and neck.

Mireille learned about Calmare scrambler therapy after conducting research on the Internet for new, non-invasive treatments for Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome. Because Dr. Cooney was Calmare Certified, she spoke with him by phone and they mutually agreed that she was a suitable candidate to undergo treatment.

A myriad of drug and treatment efforts

When she arrived, Mireille was living with a pain level of 9 /10 in her upper back and the left side of her neck. She also presented with physical symptoms including allodynia in the neck and shoulder, discoloration in the hand, occasional swelling in the arm and ongoing temperature fluctuations in her arm. Her EMG and MRI results were negative, which is common with CRPS patients.

Mireille and her doctors had aggressively sought a variety of medications and treatments to neutralize her pain including:

  • Prescription pain medications
  • P-stim neurostimulator
  • Spinal cord stimulator
  • Ketamine
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Injections
  • Acupuncture

Calmare for patients with spinal cord stimulators ( SCS )

So long as the SCS is turned off throughout the 10-treatment Calmare regimen, the patient can safely undergo therapy. Day-by-day, as Mireille underwent the 45-minute treatments, her physical symptoms began to lessen and her pain level fell. As treatment progressed, the length of time she felt no pain continued to grow between each daily treatment.

Finally, after two additional treatments, Mireille headed back to Virginia with 0 pain for the first time in long two years. She was also thrilled to be able to sleep through the night again ─ even in a hotel bed! (We are often told that a good night’s sleep is one of the most cherished quality-of-life issues for people living with chronic pain).

Best of all, Mireille, who had taken a professional leave of absence as a law clerk with the Federal Government last December due to her debilitating pain, is eagerly preparing to get back to work after resting at hone for a week.

Our patient with shingles-related PHN responds well to single Calmare booster treatments

Shingles imageNew York resident Joan K., our first shingles patient, completed the Calmare treatment program in June 2012 after she had exhausted a battery of other pain therapy efforts trying to end her severe chronic pain.

Shingles, a viral infection of the nerve roots, can be contracted by any person who had the chickenpox virus. Approximately 500,000 cases of shingles occur every year in the U.S. Most people recover from their bout, but for about 30 percent, the pain doesn’t go away. It can last for months, years, or even the rest of their lives.

Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN)

These patients have what is called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), when the shingles virus damages the nerves of the skin. In these more severe cases, even the slightest touch — from clothing or even a breeze — can be excruciatingly painful.

Mrs. K describes her PHN pain as “severe stabbing pain”.  She also experienced some nagging soreness along her rib cage. We were all delighted when her scrambler therapy efforts yielded a successful outcome back in 2012 and her pain was not just lessened, it was actually eliminated (0 / 10).

Three months after completing her treatment series, she experienced a slight return of the pain and came in for a single booster treatment lasting about 40-minutes; In December 2012, she came in for a second booster. In both instances, she received one treatment and the stabbing pain was gone again.

Joan’s pain does not return for more than a year after two boosters

She did not require any boosters during 2013 and last week, 15-months after her first Calmare treatment series, she came in for one treatment that again eliminated her pain.

While PHN is not a common condition, we have seen consistently positive patient outcomes using the scrambler. I am more than encouraged by the results I am seeing. If you or someone you know is living with severe shingles pain, I would be happy to talk or meet with you to discuss your medical history and determine if Calmare might help to end your PHN pain as well.

Joy’s Calmare Therapy for RSD reinvigorates her health ─ and her checkbook

Joy Morris_3.2014You may recall Joy Morris was here with us last summer for the 10-treatment series of Calmare Therapy  to combat reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) located in her left knee down through her foot. When she arrived, her pain level was 10/10.

Since her successful therapy, (she left New Jersey at a 0 / 10 pain level), her chronic pain from RSD diminished to the point that she no longer needed any of the 10 pain medications she was prescribed. But the good news didn’t end there.

Once Joy was free from all the pain pills, her overall health and well-being improved dramatically:

  • She began to have more energy and lost a significant amount of weight.
  • In turn, she soon no longer needed high blood pressure medication.
  • Joy no longer needs medication for elevated liver enzymes which returned to a normal range as a result of post-Calmare weight-loss and the elimination of pain drugs.

The benefits of life without pain medications

“In less than a year, I lost 55 pounds and three dress sizes!” the West Virginian mother and grandmother says. “You’d be surprised how alive and active you can be when you aren’t living every day in the pain medication haze.”

Since Calmare, Joy says she has saved nearly $7,000 in doctor visits and prescription drug costs. “This has been a very good thing because I was able to use the savings to buy a new wardrobe!”

“Last week, before Joy’s two Calmare booster treatments, her pain level had intermittently increased as high as a 7 but hovered around a 3. After two boosters lasting 40-minutes each, she left at a 0 pain level again,” Dr. Cooney reports.

“Joy is a vivacious, happy person who deserves to live a pain-free life. Her RSD was one of the more severe cases I have treated; I am very pleased that she was able to sustain a 10-month span before she needed any follow-up treatments.”

 

 

 

Yes, I am a chiropractor, also

February 7, 2014

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This week I’ve had two different patients tell me they didn’t know I was a chiropractor; rather, they assumed I administered Calmare scrambler therapy exclusively.

I have actually been a practicing chiropractic physician in Bergen County for more than 30 years at Rutherford Allied Medical Group here in Rutherford. Some years ago, I was frustrated that we had some patients for whom traditional chiropractic services, and even alternative therapies such as acupuncture, did not lessen or alleviate their acute or chronic pain.

Dr. Robert Kelly, our staff physician, and I agreed we would not resort to him prescribing painkillers, in most cases. Thus, our search for another solution let us, finally, to Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment.

Every day, we see patients who live down the street or across the country (as far away as Europe and Australia) in need of pain management to rid them of acute and the most severe chronic pain.

Everyone on our team truly loves being here (and we’ll tell you when you’re here, believe me) because we have an opportunity to use our skills and today’s technology to help people in pain.

I truly have the best job in the world. Good weekend all!

 

Pace yourself during the holiday rollercoaster

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I have already seen several of my chronic pain patients with elevated pain levels this week after the start of the annual ‘holiday rollercoaster’.

Please pace yourselves. Your health comes FIRST and foremost so that you have the strength to enjoy the ride.

Please get your rest and don’t overdue.

I worry :) 

Exercise can help lessen pain in chronic pain patients

spine-universe logoI’m thoroughly enjoying my blogging experience on SpineUniverse.com.   I’ve interacted with some interesting colleagues and offered advice to several readers.  Now that we are all online, the world seems much more compact!

I’d like to repost a recent article I wrote earlier this week about the value of exercising, even for patients in pain. Several of my Calmare scrambler therapy patients used walking (starting slow and building distance and speed) as the first exercise they undertook once their pain was under control.

Just be sure to consult with  your treating doctor about how much and what exercise is right for you, depending on your medical condition.

Now. Water aerobics anyone? 

From a doctor’s perspective, treating chronic pain is one of the most difficult professional challenges. Every patient is completely unique and so is their body and mind’s reaction to pain.  As a chiropractor who does not support invasive therapies or drugs, it’s my job to help patients discover additional ways to minimize pain that works uniquely for them.

Depending on the severity of your medical condition, this can range from the warm embrace of a beloved pet, wrapping the affected area with a warm towel, sipping a soothing cup of tea or ─or working up a sweat!

Although it may seem counterintuitive, exercise can most certainly be an excellent option to lessen pain.

How?

  • Your body releases endorphins when you exercise, which puts you in a better mood, combats depression and even helps block pain receptors.
  • Exercise also makes your body stronger, which can take some of the stress off areas causing you pain. For example, strengthening your core (belly muscles) can help reduce back pain because your back doesn’t need to work so hard to support your body.

You may be surprised at the positive response your body gives you after even a light workout. First and foremost, however, be sure to discuss starting an exercise routine with your treating doctor first. Once you’ve received the green light to go ahead, consider two of my favorite exercise options:

Yoga

Yoga is low-impact and incorporates stretching, strengthening, and meditation. Remember, you don’t need to be able to contort yourself into a pretzel to enjoy the benefits of yoga and, in fact, you are encouraged to go at a pace that is comfortable for you.  Most gyms and yoga studios offer classes for beginners, so you’re sure to find the class that suits you.

Swimming and Water Aerobics

If yoga isn’t for you, get in the water and consider a water aerobics program. According to the National Council on Exercise, your body weighs 90% less underwater. This takes a lot of stress off of your joints and muscles, allowing you to move more easily. Proper hydration is key with water aerobics because you won’t realize if you’re actually sweating.

You may be reluctant to get out and start exercising at first, but with the permission of your doctor, gently give it a try. Often, my patients will tell me they were skeptical about the benefits of exercising until they tried it.

And even though you’re excited to get started, take it slow at first so your body can adjust to the new level of activity. Starting a safe exercise program empowers patients in pain to be active and fight back against pain on their own terms.

Let me know if you find an exercise that works for you and I’ll be happy to share it.

Matt visits us for Calmare booster treatments

Matt from MSThat’s the odd thing about Calmare:  Ideally, you hope patients don’t need to come back, but when they do, our team is overjoyed to reconnect with patients whom we have become so friendly with over the two-week treatment cycle.

Matt Hannon, our favorite Mississippian, came up for a week of booster treatments last week in his effort to ward off his RSD pain for a full year.

He posted this today on our Facebook wall this morning, so our day is already perfect at 8:15 am, as a result:

“Had another great week of Calmare booster treatments at Calmare NJ.

Wonderful people, great service, big hearts, wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.  Hoping for a full pain-free year this time! 

Thanks Doc, Kathy and Barbara.  Love you guys.”

After six years with full-body CRPS, Calmare’s MC-5A scrambler therapy ends chronic pain and lesions

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

I had the great pleasure of working with a 51-year-old gentleman in June who arrived here at our office using a wheelchair as a result of full-body CRPS. He contracted the condition after sustaining multiple injuries in an auto accident in 2007. Even after years of extensive pain management therapy, treatments and medication, his pain level remained at a consistent 10/10.

Symptoms of CRPS

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He was experiencing these ongoing symptoms:

  • Widespread pain
  • Alodynia (sensitivity to touch)
  • Swelling
  • Lesions covering his lower extremities
  • Severe sweats.

Patient shares a familiar background

He shared some familiar comments on his New Patient Intake documents:

“My goal is to have pain decreased so I can live a normal life and not be miserable 24/7.”

 “I can never relax—not even for a minute—because of this pain.”

 “I have tried many different meds, endured so many stays in hospitals, inpatient and outpatient rehab and nothing has worked. I am desperate and worried there is no hope.”

Undergoing Calmare’s MC-5A scrambler therapy

After 17 Calmare Therapy treatments, he left our office walking and with 0/10 pain. Keep in mind, most patients undergo the standard treatment regime of 10 daily treatments. Due to the severity and longevity of his condition, he completed an additional seven treatments to ultimately achieve this pain-free condition.

When his pain returned to a 4-5 /10 three months later (September), he returned (still walking without a wheelchair or cane) to undergo nine additional booster treatments and again left at a 0/10 pain. This gentleman is a perfect example of a patient with severe CRPS who required subsequent Calmare booster treatments after the initial treatment.

Calmare is an analgesic, not a miracle cure

Scrambler therapy is not a one-time cure-all miracle. Calmare is an analgesic, a treatment designed to offset (and in the best case scenario) eliminate pain. While many patients undergo the initial 10-treatment therapy protocol and eliminate their pain, others need to return periodically if/when pain returns.

The good news is that many patients can offset this lesser degree of pain with over-the-counter pain relievers while others strive to remediate the pain completely through booster.

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Finally, this patient generously allowed us to photograph the extensive lesions on his legs before and after treatment. We did not administer any topic creams or medications to the lesions. Simply, as the Calmare Therapy relieved the patient’s CRPS neuropathy, the lesions disappeared as well.

My interview in Entrepreneur Magazine

entrepreneurI was delighted to be interviewed by Entrepreneur Magazine’s health writer, Lisa Evans, for the article, “Four Ways to Eliminate Back and Neck Pain at Work” about how to overcome and avoid spinal pain when your job requires you to sit at a desk all day.

So many people are strapped to the desk in order to make a living. Here’s hoping this can help lessen the pain of the daily grind.

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

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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.