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Dr. Cooney Uses Calmare Scrambler Therapy Exclusively at NJ Clinic

January 29, 2019

A few years ago, Calmare clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney explained in National Pain Report why he added little-known scrambler therapy to his pain management practice in NJ.

“My biggest frustration is when our tried-and-true pain therapies do not result in a successful outcome for our patient.

As a result, these patients are forced to undergo more invasive procedures, such as surgically implanted spinal cord stimulators (SCS) or powerful narcotics, (even Ketamine), where pain reduction outcomes have been uneven and come with significant side effects.

What happens to these patients for whom traditional pain treatments and medications simply don’t work?”

One by one, patients battling treatment-resistant neuropathy, from Bergen County, NJ to Australia and South America, came to Rutherford for scrambler therapy performed by Dr. Cooney.

And many of the patient outcomes were life-changing.

Four years later, Dr. Cooney has discontinued use of all other pain management therapies and treats patients using Calmare exclusively.

Dr. Cooney Announces He Will Provide Calmare Therapy Exclusively at his NJ Pain Clinic

If traditional pain management procedures and medications have left you still battling chronic nerve pain, we invite you to reach out to us and speak directly with Dr. Cooney about your medical condition.

If the doctor feels scrambler therapy has a low probability of helping your condition, he will not advise you to come for treatment.

Reach out to us at (201) 933-4440, email us about your case at info@calmaretherapynj.com or complete the Phone Consultation Request form below and we’ll be in touch with you within 48 hours.

My position on Ketamine for the treatment of CRPS and RSD

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

KetamineOver the past few years, a significant percentage of the RSD / CRPS /fibromyalgia patients I treated had previously undergone Ketamine Infusion Therapy.  I’d like to offer a little background on Ketamine and share some feedback from my patients who used it in various forms—through IV, creams and even as a form of coma-inducing sedation.

For RSD, CRPS and fibromyalgia sufferers, Ketamine is sometimes recommended for temporary chronic pain relief. It is an NMDA blocker that shuts down pain signals coming from the brain and then reboots the brain without the pain signal.

Successful outcome statistics for RSD patients treated with Ketamine are less than 50%. Boosters are necessary every two – three months and the cost averages about $2,000/ treatment. Each IV infusion takes about four to five hours.

Patients sometimes experience significant and unpleasant side effects from this drug, including hallucinations, nausea, extreme fatigue, mental confusion, substantial weight-gain and ‘claw hand’ syndrome.

Criteria to undergo Calmare scrambler therapy after Ketamine treatment

If you have undergone Ketamine treatment without a successful outcome, you can undergo Calmare (assuming your medical condition is determined appropriate for treatment). However, there must be a full two-month span between the last Ketamine treatment and the start of Calmare.

In fact, the less neurolytic drugs (Lyrica, Neurontin, Cymbalta) patients are using during Calmare Therapy, the better. Why? Because these drugs have an effect on brain activity and conflict with the functionality of Calmare to optimally do its job.

In other words, you need to feel your body’s untreated pain in order to identify when the scrambler therapy is lessening the neuropathy, for how long and to what degree.

I realize that for patients who have been reliant on neurolytic drugs for months or years, reducing the dosage of medication before our treatment starts can be daunting. My argument is that the potential rewards for patients who undergo Calmare Therapy may eliminate the need for these expensive and debilitating drugs.  Permanently.

Therefore, I believe this is a gamble worth pursuing.

Every patient’s case is unique because we all react to injury and pain, acute or chronic, in different ways. If you or a loved one is interested in learning more about Calmare Therapy, please feel free to contact me directly at (201) 933-444-zero.

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