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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.

Kelly before stomach
Bridget before 3
Bridget before 4
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.

John tries an alternative treatment for PHN painShingles image

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. 

Thank You to Burning Nights for Their Calmare Scrambler Therapy Q&A

Burning NightsDuring the course of treating so many people with chronic pain, you meet many wonderful warriors who are battling disease with all their might.

A young woman from the UK is an outstanding inspiration in everything we do to combat the devastating effects of CRPS.

A warm thank you to Victoria and her Burning Nights‬ group for inviting me to be interviewed on their valuable CRPS website Q&A. This warrior has overcome seemingly insurmountable health crises to create and spearhead a website for #CRPS sufferers from around the globe.

We’ve chatted via email over the past year and she kindly offered to generate questions about our Calmare scrambler therapy from her thousands of readers worldwide.

I was very impressed by the intelligent and insightful questions from readers and hope I helped by offering quality information in return.

Victoria carefully edited this piece and has been very response to comments thus far.

I am personally honored to be affiliated and featured in this incredible helpful and useful resource to the CRPS community.

Thank you, Victoria, for your candor and willingness to feature a newer treatment option in the war on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

It’s been a pleasure from start to finish.

Dr. Cooney’s Q&A on Burning Nights

NPR offers story about “invisible” disease called chronic pain

NPROn this cold and dark January afternoon, we wanted to share this NPR story  featuring a small group of people living the best they can with pain that never stops.

These neuropathic pain statistics shouldn’t surprise anyone who knows someone who is suffering:

  • 116 million Americans suffer from chronic pain or about 33% of the entire population.
  • The Institute of Medicine estimates chronic pain costs the U.S. up to $635 billion yearly in medical expenses and lost wages.
  • A study of U.S. pharmacy records finds the number of Americans filling prescriptions for opioid painkillers has declined yet people who are still able to get those drugs are using them for longer amounts of time.

The  Dec. 24 NPR episode discusses the frustration chronic pain sufferers feel when everyone tells them they don’t ‘look sick’ and maybe their issues are ‘all in their heads’…

Yes, we know, those of you reading this can probably relate. As we’ve stated from the first day we introduced Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment, the painkillers are not the solution to pain.

However, believe us, fighting the advertising budgets of the big pharmaceutical companies continually pushing these drugs to patients, doctors and hospitals, is the battle of a lifetime.

But it’s a war we are more than willing to fight.

Liz heads back home to Missouri without the chronic CRPS pain

Liz
“I will never be able to thank this man for everything he has done for me in the last 2 weeks! Excited to be headed home! ” (Twitter 11/21/14)

So pleased to start my week by visiting my Twitter feed and seeing this awesome picture and message posted by our patient Liz, who headed back home to Missouri after a successful 10-treatment scrambler therapy cycle here in New Jersey.

She is a wonderful young woman who will do big things in her life.

After Calmare, she will no longer be hindered by chronic pain.

#CRPS  #RSD #CalmareNJ

Di offers an update from her home in South Africa after Calmare Therapy

As a doctor, there is nothing better than hearing positive news from your patients after their treatment is complete. Before I introduced Calmare scrambler therapy in 2011, the vast majority of my patients were from New Jersey or metropolitan New York City.

But since our marked success treating severe chronic pain with scrambler therapy, patients have come here to Rutherford from Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands and the UK and several other countries. It has been so enjoyable to meet people from around the world. Even better, in the majority of cases, we have sent them home feeling better than they have felt in years, sometimes decades.

Cathy, our front desk administrator, and Di.

Di came here from South Africa earlier this year with CRPS. What a delightful person! Her steadfast refusal to surrender to this disease was beyond inspiring for our entire Calmare Therapy NJ team. Even with the demands of a business and busy family, Di knew it was time to step away and defeat the CRPS monster once and for all.

Just this week, we corresponded by email for the first time in a few months.

Here’s an update on how she’s doing:

“Doc, am really feeling like I have a new lease on life.

As strange as it may seem, it took some time to get used to having no pain!  But hey, am now brand new and M___ says he isn’t going to trade me in!!
Thanks for looking after me and getting me to where I am now–to just being able to sleep, to put socks on without being nauseous with pain, and to be able to shower and let the water run over my foot is, well, quite strange still.
But strange is good!
Take care and will stay in touch. Love and a hug.
Di”

Workers’ Compensation Coverage of Calmare Treatment Continues to Increase

By Dr. Michael Cooney
Clinical Director
Calmare Therapy NJ
 

worker's comWorkers’ Comp is increasing approving coverage of scrambler therapy.

In some cases, the treatment has been covered and, in some newer cases, they have even covered travel expenses and hotel accommodations for out-of-state patients to come to New Jersey for therapy.

A standard Calmare treatment protocol for most patients is a cycle of 10-daily treatments that last about an hour.

I perform each patient’s treatment personally, no exceptions. This is important as Calmare is a “provider dependent therapy”. As the patient, you are reliant upon your therapy provider to know where to place the leads during each treatment session.

This expertise is critical to the overall success of the treatment. I’ve served as an expert trainer for other providers in using the machine and am one of 10 Calmare Certified Providers in the U.S.

If you have a Workers’ Comp case and would like to pursue treatment, please call us to discuss your medical history, previous therapy efforts and medication usage.

Please also have your Case Manger’s name, phone number and our Workers’ Comp administrators will follow-up.

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