October 12, 2020

Veterans nationwide with medication and treatment-resistant chronic pain (neuropathy) can now undergo Calmare Therapy with Dr. Michael Cooney at Calmare Therapy NJ USA in Rutherford, New Jersey.

NOTE: A written referral for Calmare must be provided by a VA Hospital physician

Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director, Calmare Therapy NJ USA, located in Rutherford, NJ, is a VA-approved, OptumServe in-network provider of Calmare scrambler therapy (CPT Code 0278T), an FDA-cleared, non-invasive therapy to combat chronic nerve pain as a result of injury, surgery or disease.

The four branches of the U.S. Military have been using scrambler therapy since 2011, increasing the number of Calmare MC-5A devices at its hospitals, including the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

“The U.S. Military was one of the first treatment centers to recognize Calmare’s capacity to substantially reduce or eliminate nerve pain without using invasive procedures, needles, medications or surgeries,” explains Dr. Cooney.

“As an in-network OptumServe provider, we can help many veterans reduce neuropathic pain, especially those for whom medications and other traditional pain management therapies have failed to control their pain.”

How the Calmare device works painlessly to reduce chronic nerve pain

The FDA-cleared MC-5A scrambler therapy device (the brand name is Calmare) works by sending a “no-pain” signal through strategically-placed electrodes on the patient’s skin.

These signals override the native pain message, reducing the pain intensity and often offering immediate pain relief.

The long-term success achievements—at no added risk to the soldier–has made it an effective weapon against the “War on Pain.”

Calmare has no side effects and is painless to undergo.

While the treatment does not work for everyone, it has achieved am 80% success rate overall. Dr. Cooney has successfully treated nearly 1,000 patients since he underwent training to use the MC-5A device in 2011.

“Time and again, we have seen the Calmare device help people regain control of their lives and resume a healthy quality-of-life,” Dr. Cooney notes. “We have seen many people regain independent mobility after arriving at our clinic using wheelchairs, walkers or canes.”

Dr. Cooney says the success of the scrambler therapy device has been the highlight of his 35-year career in pain management.

Chronic pain conditions suitable for Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment

Using a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical approach, this pain management approach treats neuropathic conditions caused by a variety of medical conditions including:

  • Cancer and chemotherapy
  • Chronic nerve pain
  • Phantom limb syndrome
  • Chronic back pain
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Neuralgias
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD)
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Shingles (PHN)
  • Failed back surgery
  • Brachial plexus neuropathy
  • Sciatic and lumbar pain
  • Diagnosed neuropathy

Instructions for US veterans to schedule Calmare

  1. Contact your VA primary care doctor to request a written referral to receive Calmare therapy for pain management. The doctor must specify CPT Code 0278T (scrambler therapy).
  2. Contact the V.A.’s OptumServe (also called “Optum”) department and submit the referral to them. Request therapy to be provided by Michael Cooney.
  3. will contact Calmare Therapy NJ USA with your medical history and we will work with you directly to schedule your 10 treatment schedule at a convenient date and time for you.
  4. You have a phone consultation with Dr. Cooney to discuss your neuropathic pain condition and pain management goals.
  5. You report for one daily treatments lasting about 35-minutes, spread out over a Monday-Friday 2-week timeframe.

The cost of your Calmare Therapy treatments (CPT0278T) is covered through the V.A.

 Schedule your Calmare consultation

Our quiet and personalized clinic is located in Rutherford, (Bergen County), New Jersey. We treat only one patient at a time.

We are located about 15 minutes from New York City.

Should you be traveling long-distance to New Jersey, consult our Hotel and Travel Arrangements page for discounted lodging options.

If you have any questions about requesting Calmare scrambler therapy through your VA doctor, feel free to reach out to our team at (201) 933-4440 or email us privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com.