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A 13-year-old boy with RSD says goodbye to his wheelchair after Calmare Therapy

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.

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Chloe Finds CRPS Pain Resolution with Calmare Therapy

January 29, 2016

Nineteen-year-old Chloe valiantly underwent treatment after treatment –and more drugs than she can name–trying to defeat the pain from CRPS in her feet.

When she arrived here in New Jersey after flying 24-hours from Australia, her left foot was swollen to the size of a football and her right foot was in severe continual pain.

Here’s what she has to say about her Calmare Therapy which was personally administered by Dr. Michael Cooney:

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Dr. Michael Cooney Featured in Australian Newspaper with CRPS Patient Success Story

February 1, 2016

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Since Dr. Cooney introduced Calmare Therapy in New Jersey in 2011, patients have traveled from around the world to come for treatment personally administered by him.

Pattie Sgherza was one of the first patients to come to us from Australia in 2014. After her “life-saving” positive outcome against severe CRPS pain, she spoke with television media about her positive neuropathic pain treatment experience, which was seen by Michelle Platschinda, another RSD pain sufferer.

Last year, Michelle Platschinda traveled to see Dr. Cooney after a 24-hour flight to New York City in an effort to combat her advanced CRPS.

We still remember the day Michelle arrived in a wheelchair.

And, we are overjoyed to report, we recall even more clearly when she completed treatment and walked out of our office, unassisted, for the first time in years.

Calmare patient leads global CRPS awareness effort

Since then, she has been a woman on a global mission to increase awareness of CRPS and bring Calmare Therapy to Australia. Last year, she launched the Purple Bucket organization to do just that.

Yesterday, she was interviewed about her mission, her CRPS battle and her positive Calmare treatment outcome in The Border Mail newspaper.

Like many patients who come here for RSD pain treatment, Michelle and her supportive loved ones, are now like family to us.

michelle and Dr. CWe are in awe of her relentless tenacity to “get the word out” that Calmare scrambler therapy exists and the desperate need for this treatment to be available in her country–and around the world.

Are you battling RSD or CRPS?

Then we would love to talk more about your medical history and determine if Calmare Therapy may be the right treatment for you. Fill out the info below and we’ll be happy to reach out to you within 48 hours:

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Paul Undergoes Calmare Therapy RSD Treatments and Walks Again

January 4, 2016

Severe foot injury jeopardizes Paul’s quality of life

 Thirty-one-year-old Paul Ellis suffered a severe injury to his right foot which resulted in a CRPS (also referred to as RSD or reflex sympathetic dystrophy) diagnosis, eventually leaving him wheelchair reliant.

When traditional pain medications and other therapies failed to lessen his pain, he and his wife conducted a worldwide search for an alternative CRPS  / RSD treatments.

They discovered  Dr. Michael Cooney and his success treating complex regional pain syndrome using Calmare scrambler therapy.

Are you battling CRPS pain and symptoms

At Calmare Therapy NJ USA, we treat every patient individually starting with our first conversation.

In fact, you’ll have an opportunity to talk directly with our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, about your case at no cost.

Ready to learn more? Just fill out the contact form below:

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Texas Mother with CRPS Finally Achieves Pain Relief with Calmare Scrambler Therapy

November 17, 2015

Kelly is a happy, full-of-life young mother who endured debilitating pain and limited mobility after a CRPS diagnosis as a result of knee replacement surgery.

After trying invasive treatments, including Ketamine therapy (“I wouldn’t wish that on anyone…”) she discovered Calmare scrambler therapy and traveled 3,000 to be treated by Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director, Calmare Therapy NJ, USA.

Before she headed home to her family, she shared her experience in this video:

Are you or a loved one battling RSD, CRPS or another chronic pain condition?

Our Calmare team would be happy to talk with you about your specific case. Keep in mind, scrambler therapy isn’t right for everyone. If you’d like to know more, just fill out the online info card below:

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Mayo Clinic shares another CRPS patient positive outcome after Calmare Therapy

October 23, 2015

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

Slowly but surely, the major research institutions are beginning to recognize what we’ve been doing here in New Jersey for the past four years is truly worth studying and testing–

mayo clinicYesterday, the Mayo Clinic reported on another clinical trial patient battling complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and the remarkable outcome she achieved after undergoing Calmare’s MC-5A scrambler therapy treatments.

Patient Quotation (excerpt):

“I had accepted the fact that I’d probably live my entire life in pain,” she says. “Now, the scrambler is working wonders for me. For the first time in five years, I feel like I’ve finally found a treatment that can permanently change my future.”1

How does Calmare’s scrambler device work?

The Mayo Clinic explains (excerpt):

“Scrambler therapy works by using a nerve stimulation device to mix another signal into the transmission from the damaged nerves to the brain. Basically, it replaces the information that signals pain with information that does not signal pain. The therapy involves placing electrodes connected to the scrambler device on the skin near damaged nerves. The scrambler sends painless electrical signals to those nerves that they relay to the brain. The new signals break the pain cycle and retrain the brain to understand that it is not really experiencing pain.”1

Ensure your Calmare provider has extensive expertise treating CRPS and RSD successfully

I’ve stated this before but it bears repeating:

Calmare is a “provider dependent” therapy:

camare foot image with leadsYour Calmare doctor determines the exact placement of your leads (key to transmitting the pain signal messaging) in accordance with the original injury site.

Depending on the patient’s response, these leads may need to be moved at some point during the 10-treatment series.

The doctor must understand the anatomy of the body and the manner in which the pain message is being transmitted to and from the brain in order for Calmare to optimally do its job.

If the doctor does not accomplish this task, the patient’s pain  and symptom relief can be significantly diminished–or not successful at all.

Calmare Certified Location LogoTwo key questions to ask your potential Calmare provider:

  1. Are you Calmare Certified?
  2. How many patients have you successfully treated with (your specific medical condition): CRPS, RSD, PHN, CIPN, diabetic neuropathy, post-surgical pain…

Scrambler Therapy can relieve debilitating pain and symptoms from several neuropathic conditions

Here in New Jersey, we specialize in treating CRPS and RSD. But we have also achieved outstanding patient outcomes treating many other conditions as well:

I’d like to learn more about using the Calmare device to treat my chronic pain condition

Great!  You can call us directly at 201.933.4440 and talk with our CRPS team specialists (or ask to speak to me directly). If I’m with a patient, I’ll call you back. You are also welcome to email me at calmarenj@gmail.com.

Or fill out the information below and we’ll reach out to you:

http://sharing.mayoclinic.org/discussion/sidelined-no-more-scrambler-therapy-puts-tess-wilson-back-in-action/

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Bridget Overcomes Full Body CRPS Physical Side Effects with Calmare Pain Therapy

September 30, 2015

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

One of the challenges treating (and fighting) chronic pain is that you usually can’t see it. Often, there are no outward signs of the neuropathy—no visible bruises, cuts or other physical symptoms.

But for some patients battling complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and other conditions, the discomfort from physical symptoms can actually rival the chronic pain.

CRPS is a notoriously difficult condition to treat using medications or various therapeutic options. It usually develops either following injury to a peripheral nerve (type II) or as a result of trauma without obvious peripheral nerve damage (type I). It presents with a characteristic constellation of sensory, motor, autonomic and vascular signs.

“Bridget” (not her real name for privacy reasons), a registered nurse no longer able to work, came to us with one of the most severe cases of CRPS (also called RSD) lesions we have seen since Michael was here a few years ago. She sent us these images (below) before she came to NJ to ensure we understood the severity of her skin condition.

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I was not deterred; we had treated this side effect in other patients battling RSD and CRPS.  Prior to coming to New Jersey, the 40-year-old told us that she spent “most of her time in bed.” 

Bridget Tries Several CRPS Treatments Prior to Scrambler Therapy in NJ

Working with several physicians and pain management specialists, Bridget took the usual regimen of pain medications, including Neurontin, to treat her neuropathy.

She also underwent these invasive treatments:

  • Stellate ganglion blocks (sympathetic nerve block administered into the front of the neck by injection)
  • Spinal cord stimulator (SCS) a device implanted into the spinal column (she has since removed the batteries from the device, no longer needing it)
  • Ketamine infusions

Severe CRPS Lesions

Bridget before 5Now suffering from fully body CRPS after sustaining a fall in 2012, Bridget was also dealing with increasingly large and inflamed lesions on her left flank and abdomen.

Due to the severity of the lesions, she had to be hospitalized during a period when they became infected. 

Bridget arrives at Calmare Therapy NJ at a 10/10 pain level

She was in extreme discomfort when she arrived her– her pain level was unrelenting and nearly unbearable.

In addition to the lesions shown here, Bridget was also forced to deal with these ongoing side effects:

  • Allodynia
  • Numbness in different parts of her body
  • Tingling / pins and needles sensations, sweating spells 24/7
  • Skin burning sensations and intermittent swelling
  • Electrical shock sensations
  • Severe sensitivity to temperature changes

Not surprisingly, she was virtually unable to sleep–which added another set of debilitating symptoms to face–including mental exhaustion and depression.

After Calmare Therapy: She heads home without pain for the first time in 3 years

Bridget finished up her treatment cycle a few weeks ago. (Due to the severity of her case, she underwent additional treatments). By the end, she had achieved a true pain-free state for the first time in over three years. She felt so pleased with her condition, Bridget removed the batteries from her SCS.

The majority of her symptoms noted above were gone. You can also see the overall improvement in her lesions below as well.  I expect them to continubridget after 3e to dimBridget after 1inish so long as she follows our post-treatment protocol.

Bridget left us mobile and able to perform a regular daily routine without help.  One of her last statements to me before leaving was, “It feels so weird to be pain-free. I’m just stunned.”

Might Calmare Therapy Be Right for You?

Welcome to a healthcare practice that is different from most others you may be experienced. At Calmare Therapy NJ, we specialize in drug-free treatments for severe chronic pain on a personalized, one-on-one basis. And, more often than not, you’ll talk at length with me–not a nurse or a staff member–about your condition. (If I don’t think the scrambler is right for you, I’ll tell you..)

Fill out the information below and I’ll be happy to you or a loved one to chat.  .

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Dr. Michael Cooney and Calmare Therapy Featured in National Pain Report

national pain reportSeptember 17, 2015

For years, we have been loyal readers of the National Pain Report due to its unique content focus (pain–its origins, causes and, most importantly, how to get rid of it) and willingness to cover emerging therapies to treat neuropathy.

Today, Dr. Cooney’s personal profile about scrambler therapy and its potential benefits is the featured story on their website:

“Scrambler Therapy − A New Way to Treat Chronic Pain Without Drugs or Invasive Devices”

Excerpt:

“The majority of patients we treat with scrambler therapy arrive at our clinic frustrated and exhausted by the endless search for pain relief. Often, in desperation, they resort to surgery, experimental procedures outside the U.S. or powerful pain medications which leave them mentally and physically diminished by side effects.

I encourage people with treatment-resistant neuropathy and their families to consider less invasive alternative solutions to combat the effects of chronic pain. Surprisingly, the cost can be comparable to prescription medications and in-patient co-pays, in many cases. And the outcome can be life-changing.

Regardless of the pain therapy you choose, keep in mind there are treatments that do not involve narcotics, surgery or invasive procedures which can result in more pain and discomfort. Keep looking, talk to doctors, follow and keep up on the new research. There may very well be a solution out there to minimize your pain. But, often, it’s up to you to discover it.”

Thank you to the National Pain Report for publishing this article. More people in pain are going to learn about this alternative pain therapy and seek help.

I’d like to learn more about Calmare Scrambler Therapy

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John finally finds pain relief from his PHN (Shingles) with Calmare scrambler therapy

John Willis_5.2015John Willis came to Calmare Therapy New Jersey on May 4, 2015 for treatment of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) as a result of Shingles. He had been suffering for nine long months with a consistent pain level of 8/10.

Eventually, his pain decreased his quality of life—he could not longer drive or do many of the things he enjoyed.

His physician prescribed a number of prescription medications to help manage his pain but they were ineffective.

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Mr. Willis was not content to live the rest of his life in this degree of pain. Once it was clear the medications were not going to help, he considered other alternative pain treatments. Through his research, he discovered Dr. Michael Cooney and his success using scrambler therapy.

He consulted with Dr. Cooney and they mutually agreed he was a suitable candidate to undergo the scrambler, which is painless and has no side effects.

John completed the 10-treatment regime and reduced his pain from an 8/10 to a steady 3/10. The good news is he is maintaining this more manageable pain level without using any medications which made him drowsy and just not feeling “like himself.”

Best of all, he can function again and resume his daily routine, including driving his car.

As always, our goal here at Calmare Therapy NJ is to achieve a 0/10 pain level with every patient. But, sometimes, that goal cannot be achieved. However, in John’s case, since his scrambler therapy treatment, his pain rate varies between 1 but does not go above a 3.

To Mr. Willis, this is a great success.

READ ABOUT JOAN’S SUCCESS TREATING HER SEVERE PHN USING SCRAMBLER THERAPY

PHN Clinical Trial Results Using Calmare Scrambler Therapy

But don’t just take our word for this success. Here’s what researchers have found in clinical trials:

Dr. Thomas Smith, director of Palliative Care at the Sydney Kimmel Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University, performed a study for PHN patients where they achieved an amazing 95% reduction in pain a month after the treatment with no side effects.

Journal of pain and symptom managementAnother study recently published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management with 52 random pain participants compared guideline-based drug management with the scrambler. The Calmare participants had a 91 percent reduction in pain compared to a 28 percent reduction in pain for those who used drug management.

ACOS• The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) completed a clinical trial on the benefits of scrambler therapy:

“Scrambler therapy appears to have a promising effect on post herpetic neuropathy (PHN) with prompt and continued relief and no side effects.”

Are you or someone you care about living with severe pain from PHN?

Feel free to leave your information below and we’ll be happy to provide you with more information. We can also discuss your medical history and mutually determine if scrambler therapy might be right for you. 

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