March 12, 2016
By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy NJ USA
There are few outcomes more satisfying than when our Calmare patients are able to throw the wheelchair they arrived in the back of the car because they no longer need it.
And when this happens with a pediatric patient, well, there isn’t a dry eye in the clinic.
Michael K. and his mother Dianna came to us from New York after they had exhausted several other treatment efforts, including a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) trial. He was also using the usual laundry list of pain medications, including Gabapentin.
Eventually his parents constructed a wheelchair ramp in the front of the house anticipating Michael would be disabled for the long-term.
He was injured playing middle school football and the RSD quickly grabbed hold of both of his feet, leaving him unable to put any weight on them. He also experienced medication and treatment-resistant neuropathy resulting in debilitating chronic pain.
An honor student, his discomfort became so severe he eventually had to leave school.
Michael left us pain-free, after arriving here at a 10/10 on the pain scale.
He has big plans once he gets home, starting with returning to school to be with his friends, where every 13-year-old kid should be.