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U.S. Veterans are Covered for Calmare Pain Therapy with Referral

May 6, 2018

The Veteran’s Administration is now covering Calmare scrambler therapy treatments on its VA Fee Basis Program for any patient under the care of a VA physician, using the CPT code 0278T.

All four branches of the U.S. Military have been successfully using scrambler therapy since 2011 and have steadily increased the number of MC-5A devices at its hospitals, including the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

To obtain medically-covered treatment from a Calmare provider, the patient must obtain a referral for scrambler therapy from a VA-affiliated hospital.

“The U.S. Military was one of the first treatment centers to adopt Calmare to treat injured soldiers who did not respond to pain medication or traditional neuropathic pain treatment,” says Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director of Calmare Therapy NJ USA.

“Clearly, for them to move add the Calmare CPT code to their list of covered services, they acknowledge the positive outcomes they have achieved.”

U.S. Soldier describes overcoming full-body CRPS after Calmare Therapy

During training sessions for military healthcare personnel, the Calmare Therapy method of pain relief was highlighted as one of their most promising medical treatments.

A Proven, Drug-Free, Painless, Chronic Pain Therapy for Soldiers with No Side Effects

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

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

Calmare Therapy Offered at All Military Branches

How the Calmare Device Reduces or Eliminates Neuropathic Pain

The FDA-cleared MC-5A scrambler therapy device was adopted by the U.S. Armed Forces in 2011 as an alternative to surgery or potentially addictive narcotics.

The technology 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 relief.

For maximum benefit and long-term alleviation of symptoms, multiple treatment sessions are often recommended, depending on the cause and severity of the pain.

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

Today, the American military is one of the world’s largest providers of Calmare Therapy; the device is offered at medical centers in every branch of service.

At Calmare Therapy NJ USA, our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, is one of the world’s foremost experts on using the device to treat severe chronic pain in children, teens, adults and seniors.

“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 helped patients regain long-lost mobility after arriving at our clinic using wheelchairs, walkers or canes.”

Schedule Your Calmare Therapy Consultation

If you are a patient at a VA hospital and have been prescribed Calmare scrambler therapy for pain management, contact our highly experienced team, located 10 minutes from New York City, 20 minutes from Newark Airport and about two hours from Philadelphia by calling (201) 933-4440.

U.S. Air Force Offers Airmen Drug-Free Calmare Therapy Chronic Pain Treatment

December 3, 2017

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The U.S. Air Force offers Calmare Therapy to airmen suffering from chronic nerve pain.

It is exciting to see our U.S. Military continue to promote the use of opioid-free Calmare scrambler therapy to treat several types of chronic pain, including complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) in Air Force members and their families.

A recent article published on their website noted:

“NST (nerve scrambler therapy) is one of the Medical Wing’s most cutting-edge methods for managing chronic and debilitative nerve pain that impacts warfighters’ job performance and long-term quality of life.”

The Calmare MC-5A device transmits low-grade electrical messages between the pain site and the brain, scrambling the pain messaging.

The article also states that because of a thorough Air Force screening process, they have been very successful with Calmare Therapy and there have been no known or reported side effects or injuries from the use of this machine.

Phantom Limb Pain Treatment

The article states that Calmare is also commonly used to treat a condition found among some wounded warriors known as phantom limb pain. Phantom limb pain is a condition in which an amputee experiences pain sensation from the part of the body that was removed.

Have Painkillers, Invasive Treatments and Therapies Failed to Lessen Your Neuropathic Pain?

Nearly all of the patients we treat have already traveled down that same path, also.

We invite you to reach out to us by calling (201) 933-4440, privately emailing us at calmarenj@gmail.com or completing the info card below, and we’ll respond to you within 48 hours or less:

Virginia Woman’s CRPS Causes 10/10 Pain and Feet Lesions

May 26, 2017

Debbie Meade’s son begged for her feet to be amputated so she would no longer suffer with excruciating CRPS pain.

Her debilitating chronic pain had spread and was causing severe swelling in her feet, which eventually caused the skin to tear. The resulting lesions did not heal naturally, leaving her open to the danger of infection.

In addition, her pain level was regularly 10/10 on the McGill Pain Scale.

Arriving here in New Jersey using two canes for mobility, her life was about to change dramatically.

Debbie describes her Calmare Therapy experience (May 2017)
Calmare Scrambler Therapy History and Clinical Trial Outcomes

Calmare Therapy is a drug-free, FDA-cleared treatment that safely scrambles the pain message from the brain. It is painless and has no side effects.

The first study on scrambler therapy was published in 2003 by a team of researchers led by Giuseppe Marineo, professor in Delta Research and Development at the University of Rome Tor Vergata in Italy.

His team found that scrambler therapy was effective in reducing pain symptoms in patients with severe, drug-resistant pain from terminal cancer.

Mayo Clinic physician and scrambler therapy researcher Charles L. Loprinzi, MD, reports on his team’s clinical findings with Healio (2016).

Scrambler Therapy Lessens Chronic Nerve Pain

Calmare (the brand name for the MC-5A scrambler therapy device) was later found to also aid in the lessening or alleviation of chronic nerve pain as a result of:

  • chemotherapy (CIPN)
  • diabetes (diabetic nerve pain)
  • fibromyalgia
  • back and neck pain
  • shingles (PHN)
  • failed back surgery syndrome
  • phantom limb pain
  • other neuropathic nerve pain conditions
Using Calmare to Reduce CRPS / RSD Neuropathy and Physical Symptoms

Clinical Director Dr. Michael Cooney at Calmare Therapy NJ USA has also successfully treated hundreds of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and RSD patients from around the world

To find out more about Calmare and determine if this therapy might be right for your medication and treatment-resident chronic pain, call our friendly and experienced team at (201) 933-4440 or email us below:

 

 

Calmare Therapy NJ’s Exclusive Patient-2-Patient Program

Woman talking on phoneNow you can get firsthand information about what Calmare treatment is really like directly from other patients just like you!

If you are considering scrambler therapy, we will put you in touch with one of our Calmare Therapy NJ USA patient volunteers who was previously treated for the same  neuropathic condition.

By phone, email or other private social media resource, you can talk about your concerns, ask questions, get informed. (Our patient volunteers are not compensated).

It’s that simple. More than 80 percent of the patients we have treated are
pain-free or have reduced the degree of their pain significantly.

Now these patients want to “pay-it-forward.”

How does scrambler therapy reduce pain and physical symptoms?

(Keep in mind, our P2P volunteers are not medical professionals and cannot offer any medical advise or opinions).

Calmare Certified Location LogoCalmare Therapy NJ is one of only seven Certified providers in the United States (Dec. 2015).

Next Step:

Call us at (201) 933-4440 or just complete the Information Form (below) and we’ll put you in touch with our clinical director, Michael J. Cooney, DC, who will talk with you about your medical history, medication usage and other therapies you have tried.

If you mutually determine you may respond positively to this therapy, we’ll put you in touch with one of our patients diagnosed with the same or similar medical condition. Then you can find out, from an actual patient’s point-of-view, how Calmare may just change your life.

Calmare is a “provider dependent” therapy. Know your provider.

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By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy NJ

Calmare Certified Location LogoI’ve received several patient queries about the expertise of the healthcare professional who is actually performing the therapy (using their expertise to attach the leads to the patient in the optimal location-based upon the injury and pain region):camare foot image with leads

I’d like to touch on the importance of this question today─

Calmare is a “provider dependent” therapy

The scrambler therapy is performed by a “provider,” a specially-trained clinician who places each of the leads on the patient, sets the voltage, monitors response minute-by-minute and day-by-day, and makes ongoing adjustments based upon the patient’s response. In my practice, I am the provider, 100 percent of the time, from start to finish ─ no exceptions. 

The Calmare administering healthcare professional must have extensive expertisetraining and understanding to accurately diagnose the precise location of the pain site/s.

This can be easier said than done.

Why? Because the placement of the leads (patches) which are attached to each of the algorithms must be precisely placed in order to alleviate pain. If these leads are placed in the wrong area, this lessens the overall capability of the Calmare MC-5A technology to optimally perform its job. I have served as a Trainer for the treatment for some new doctors introducing Calmare, and it is a responsibility I take very seriously.

What to look for in your Calmare provider

The most experienced Calmare Therapy providers have received a careful review and on-site examination by the company’s administrators who may or may not designate the top providers as Calmare Certified. I strongly encourage you to seek out these providers for your therapy. Secondly, ask the provider you are considering how many patients they have treated with your specific chronic pain condition ─ back and neck pain, post surgical pain, RSD / CRPS / fibromyalgia, pain after chemotherapy, diabetic neuropathy, etc.

Your Calmare technology will be most successful when your chosen provider has advanced expertise in the placement of each lead. In my opinion, this vitally important task should only be administered by a healthcare professional specifically trained in the diagnosis and treatment of several types of advanced neuropathy.

As a reminder, I talk with patient living with severe, treatment-resistant chronic pain every day. Sometimes I recommend Calmare, sometimes other treatment is recommended. Regardless, I’m always happy to offer advice or my opinion. Feel free to call my office at (201) 933-444zero.

Thank you to the CRPS / RSD Support Group of South Jersey

Lisa VaseyI thoroughly enjoyed spending Tuesday evening with chairperson Lisa Anne Vasey (shown left) and her inspiring group of 30+ members / attendees who came together for the monthly CRPS / RSD and Chronic Pain Support Group Meeting in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.

An interesting aspect to our Calmare Therapy program here in New Jersey is the fact the majority of our patients come from outside the state, and increasingly, outside the U.S.

But thanks to Lisa Anne’s kind invitation, I had the opportunity to talk with several patients fighting this battle right here at home.

If anyone lives in the south Jersey or Mt. Laurel area, I hope you will give this terrific group a try and attend one of their meetings.

Here are the details:

CRPS/RSD & Chronic Pain Support Group of South Jersey

Date:  The fourth Tuesday of every month
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location:
YMCA of Mount Laurel
The Child Care Center
59 Centerton Road
Mt. Laurel,  New Jersey 08054
 
How to Enter: The YMCA Child Care Center is located at the far left rear of The YMCA Building, parking and entrance to The Child Care Center is at that location.  

For more information, contact Lisa at lisav1@live.com .

 

 

 

U.S. Military recommends Calmare Therapy for pain treatment

military-logo-header1We reported late last year that the U.S. Military was piloting Calmare Therapy as a new treatment for wounded soldiers at its largest hospitals in the world. To their credit, the Military was one of the first to get on-board with the MC-5A scrambler therapy as a means to alleviate severe pain without the use of invasive treatments or drugs.

Today, the U.S. Military is one of the largest providers of Calmare Therapy in the world. The Calmare device is offered and available at medical centers and hospitals in all branches of service.  Military providers use Calmare to treat several conditions including:

  • failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS);
  • sciatic and lumbar pain
  • phantom limb syndrome
  • pudendal pain
  • post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN)
  • post-surgical neuropathic pain
  • brachial plexus neuropathy
  • lower back pain (LBP)
  • complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD)
  • cancer-related pain.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Calmare was selected as one of the pain care training providers to our nation’s military personnel. The FDA-cleared, 510-K cleared and CE-marked medical device was highlighted as a “promising pain management device of choice”.

How to know when you need a pain management specialist

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

back_painChronic pain can sneak up on you.  You’re diagnosed with a disease / condition that causes constant pain and before you know it, months or even years have passed and you are still living in pain and relying on your original treating doctor for pain therapy treatment.

One of the complaints we hear most often from our patients is the fact that they waited “too long” before consulting with a doctor who specializes exclusively in treating neuropathy. Don’t get me wrong – this is certainly not a dig at physicians or doctors in general. Rather, it is a discussion about when the time comes to find a doctor who specializes in your condition and offers a wide spectrum of expertise and resources to help you.

Might you be in this situation?  Here are some guidelines to know when the time is right to find a pain management specialist:

Your pain just won’t go away.

If you have pain that is not significantly minimized after three months.

Family and internal medicine doctors specialize in many areas of healthcare. Pain management practitioners specialize exclusively in resolving acute, chronic and severe pain. Pain specialists are trained to evaluate complex pain problems and have a wide variety of treatment options you may not know about.

You want to stop taking prescription painkillers and utilize alternative treatments which are drug-free, pain-free and have few, if any, unpleasant side effects. 

Pain specialists have a wide spectrum of traditional and alternative treatments to battle several types of neuropathy from physical therapy to acupuncture and newer non-invasive pain treatments.

You are taking more and more medications to treat your pain and it isn’t helping.

Over time, most medications become less effective at decreasing pain (“tolerance”). A pain specialist can help review the medications you have been using and usually find alternatives that can help manage your pain more effectively.

In my case, as a chiropractic physician, we’ll implement therapies that don’t even involve the use of medications, in many cases. (This was my original impetus to introduce Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment to my patients).

You want to know if you have any alternatives to surgery.

Many patients have pain that can be quite severe but view surgery as the last possible treatment alternative. Additionally, some patients’ pain is a result of surgery so they are obviously reticent about undergoing more operations.

Your pain has decreased with treatment but your progress has stopped or stalled.

Increasingly, people are not willing to settle for a life living with “manageable” or “bearable” pain day-in and day-out. Often, patients make steady progress with family doctor-prescribed medications or therapies but reach a point where their pain is no longer lessened.

When a doctor has utilized all the methodologies at his disposal but the pain is still present, it may be time to seek out a pain management specialist.

Don’t we all want to live our lives without any pain? Don’t settle and don’t give up. There are a wealth of viable, high quality treatments to combat many types of neuropathy. Find a doctor who understands the origin of your pain and offers a detailed treatment protocol strategy designed specifically for you.

Once treatment begins, call or email your doctor and give him an update about how you are feeling. Don’t politely wait until your next appointment. If something isn’t working, your doctor can make changes and adjustments. Always remember, as a patient, you are the doctor’s customer.

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.

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