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Medical Professional Finally Finds Pain Relief from Full Body CRPS

September 22, 2016
tish_1_9-22-16Tisha, a 30-something respiratory therapist from Vermont, was injured in an auto accident in January 2015 and eventually diagnosed with full body CRPS.

As a medical professional at a large regional medical center, she had access to all the pain management, cutting-edge pain medications and therapeutic treatments available where she aggressively sought pain relief.

She used a myriad of prescribed pain medications, underwent repeated nerve blocks and ongoing physical therapy.

Unfortunately, her CRPS pain was still relentless.

When prescribed medications and traditional pain treatments don’t work

Having exhausted traditional pain management solutions, Tisha researched alternative neuropathic pain therapies and discovered Calmare Therapy NJ during an internet search for “new treatments for CRPS.”

After speaking directly with clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney about her medical history, previous CRPS treatment efforts and current medication usage, they mutually agreed that scrambler therapy was a viable treatment option for her case.

When Tisha arrived in New Jersey, her pain level varied from a minimum of 6 up to 10/10.

She began the 10-treatment regime on Tuesday, September 6, but pain resolution was not immediate. Because Dr. Cooney is a doctor of chiropractic, he diagnosed that Tisha had sustained a slight derangement of the tibia/ fibula and femur junction, as a result of the car accident.

Thankfully, he as able to reduce the derangement through chiropractic manipulation. After this chiropractic procedure was performed, her overall pain began to diminish steadily.

Ensure that your Calmare Therapy provider is “Calmare Certified”
Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director
Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

“Calmare is a ‘provider dependent therapy’ which means the patient is reliant upon the expertise of the provider to place the leads in the optimal positions to achieve the most positive outcome,” says Dr. Cooney, one of six “Calmare Certified” providers in the U.S.

At the conclusion of the treatment cycle, Tisha returned to New England with a pain level of 1 / 10 for the first time in nearly 18 months.

Are you battling CRPS or RSD?

Dr. Cooney and his friendly and professional team would be happy to talk with you about your battle and determine if scrambler therapy might be a suitable treatment for you. Call us at 201-933-4400, email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or complete the eCard below:

 

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Cleveland Clinic Continues Calmare Therapy Pediatric Clinical Trials

cleveland-clinicWhen you are providing an “alternative therapy,” there are always additional challenges in trying to successfully relay the merits of the treatment.

Calmare Therapy is no different. While it has been cleared by the FDA, there are still naysayers.

One of the things we do is to promote the ongoing clinical trials by our country’s most esteemed research hospitals, such as the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins and Massey Cancer Institute.

A new Calmare patient, treating with us for CRPS pain and symptom relief, shared this article from the Cleveland Clinic, which highlights a variety of alternative treatments they recommend to help people battling RSD  / CRPS.

He explained that he first heard about Calmare from this article, published in 2014, which eventually led him to Calmare Therapy NJ USA.

The article noted:

Calmare® Pain Therapy and Experimental Therapies

Michael_Stanton-Hicks, MD:

Calmare® Pain Therapy could be effective in reducing your symptoms.  At the present time, Cleveland Clinic Department of Pediatric Rehabilitation is trialing Calmare® under experimental review. The FDA is overseeing these investigations.

As you know from many of our patient testimonials from parents and their children, we have been able to lessen the pain from CRPS for many pediatric and adult patients using Calmare Therapy.

Calmare Booster Treatments Explained
Calmare Technology 2012
The MC-5A Calmare device is FDA-cleared and earned a U.S. Patent as a unique device in 2013.

Depending on:

1) the severity of the RSD / CRPS condition;

2) length of time the patient has been diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy or complex regional pain syndrome;

subsequent Calmare booster treatments (as few as one treatment) may be necessary, if the pain level begins to rise.

From our clinical experience, over time, the frequency and number of booster treatments necessary should decrease over time for most patients.

Where do you start?

At Calmare Therapy NJ USA,  the first thing for a potential patient to do is to pour a cup of tea and look at every page of our website. You’ll learn how our treatment works, the types of neuropathic pain we treat, and why having your therapy with us will be unique from other providers here in the U.S. and around the world.

Best of all, you will have a live, one-on-one conversation directly with our clinical director, Dr. Michael J. Cooney, who has championed Calmare as a superior treatment option for CRPS and RSD cases. During this discussion, you will talk about your medical history, other treatment therapies you have undergone and what medications you are currently using.

Trish on machine
Dr. Cooney is shown treating Trish, a CRPS patient from Australia.
Call our friendly Calmare team at 201-933-4440 or fill out the eCard below and we’ll call you!

 

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Teenager Joyce Nester Can Finally Sleep Again After Calmare Therapy

August 10, 2016

Eighteen-year-old Joyce suffered for four long years with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). She was diagnosed with the condition although she did not suffer from an injury or surgery.

Powerful prescription drugs and other treatments efforts did not lessen her chronic pain. She soon needed a wheelchair for mobility. After undergoing 10 scrambler therapy treatments here at Calmare Therapy NJ USA, her pain was a 2/10 when she left.

Joyce shared an email update describing how she is doing on August 10, 2016:

“After a long, long trip home, I’m still resting well. Thanks to the Calmare, the flight home was a lot less painful and my nights are still a lot better!!

I’m tired and sore, but so glad I came to you guys! It’s been the most relief I’ve had in 4 years.

I can’t even say how thankful I am to you all…

Have a great year!

Joyce”

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Chanelle Checks in Between Hawaii and Australia

August 8, 2016

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

CRPS RibbonTwenty-eight-year-old Chanelle brightened our office during her 10- Calmare Therapy treatments earlier this year. She had been suffering with CRPS for 15 years (yes, it can affect children, teens, adults and seniors) primarily in her upper body, most severely in her left arm).

We started talking back in 2014, and this year she made the arduous 24-hour flight to New Jersey, USA from Australia.

Over the years, she and her loving family had aggressively tried several CRPS pain treatments for her, including:

  • Myriad of medications
  • Acupuncture
  • Physical therapy
  • Nerve blocks
  • Ketamine
  • Two spinal cord stimulator (SCS) trials (first traditional then high-frequency)

Finally, in the spring of 2016, Chanelle arrived at our clinic; after her 10-day treatment protocol,  she achieved an outstanding outcome, and left us nearly pain-free for the first time in more than a decade.

August 2016: Chanelle Sends an Update from Hawaii

Much to my delight, I received this recent update from her on my Facebook profile:

inside airplane“So a couple of weeks ago, i flew to Hawaii to see my partner. Since having the Calmare treatment, that has been the best flight experience for me. I’m usually in agonizing pain on the flight, and wonder why it is I torture myself my getting in a plane.

But this time, I sat back and enjoyed watching movies and arrived…relaxed 😊 !! My arm was even good enough for me to hold a gun long enough to shoot at the range… without pain.”

Why Calmare, Why Now?

This young woman’s story means the world to all of us. Every patient who graces our door has tried every drug, invasive and painful treatments and traveled incredible distances in search of pain treatment, only to be disappointed again. Many are (justifiably) on the verge of giving up hope.

But some have discovered our clinic here in New Jersey and their lives, along with their friends and family, have been changed by the success of scrambler therapy. We wish we could say this treatment for everyone and that it is “the cure” for all chronic pain. But, sadly, this isn’t the case. Nonetheless, we continue to achieve better than 80% success in significantly reducing severe chronic pain for people battling post-surgical pain and neuropathy from other chronic medical conditions.

We welcome our opportunity to help you or a loved loved one battling neuropathy, whether you are newly diagnosed or have suffered with chronic pain for decades, as Chanelle has.

Call us (you can ask for me and I’ll call you back) at 201-933-4440 or email me with your medical history. Let’s get a conversation going. Let’s start fighting back.

 

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Soldier Who Battled RSD for 10 Years Ends Chronic Pain with Calmare Therapy

 

July 1, 2016

In 2003, while serving in the Israel Defense Forces, Ari Katz injured his ankle which was diagnosed as nerve entrapment.  His subsequent surgery to correct the issue resulted in an eventual RSD diagnosis.

When Ari arrived at Calmare Therapy NJ from his home in New York City, his chronic pain level was an 8 /10.

One of his many interesting statements about Calmare Therapy is that “the scrambler” will not jeopardize his organs in the way that some opioids or other medications for pain might after extended use.

He also brings up a great point that if the RSD pain should return, he can return for a booster treatment, as needed, to lessen or eliminate the pain.

Do you have treatment-resistant chronic pain?
Dr. Robert B. Kelly, Interventional Pain Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Robert B. Kelly, Interventional Pain Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director
Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

The Calmare Therapy NJ USA team would be happy to talk with you about your medical history, pain battle and treatment goals.

Contact Us:

PH201.933.4440

Email: CalmareNJ@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/calmare.nj

Complete this eCard below and we’ll be happy to reach out to you:

 

 

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How to Prepare for Your Calmare Scrambler Therapy Treatments

October 8, 2015

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy New Jersey 

ID-10053921It’s a good thing when I can’t recall how many patients we have treated using Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment since we began offering this revolutionary device in 2011.

Suffice it to say, we have welcomed many people with several different neuropathic conditions–pain after chemotherapy, post-surgical pain, diseases including Shingles, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Myofacial pain–from around the corner here in Bergen County, NJ to as far away as South Africa and Australia.

Once we mutually determine that Calmare may be a viable treatment option for pain and symptom reduction, it’s time to prepare to begin the 10-series treatment protocol.

Patients and families always ask us how to optimally prepare for the upcoming treatments–a very good question.

I thought this would be useful information to share with our blog readers as well.

Dr. Cooney’s Tips and Tools to Prepare for Your Calmare Therapy:
  1. Send us or bring any objective tests ( X-rays, EEG, MRI, EMG or cat scans) for our pre-treatment study).
  2. Wean off as many medications as possible–in partnership with your prescribing doctor/s. (Note: Each patient case is different. We’ll talk with you about your specific medication protocol and how best to address this issue.)
  3. Do not use any skin lotions 24-hours before each treatment.
  4. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring some hand-held entertainment to occupy you during each treatment, which lasts about 35 minutes.
  5. Fill out the Calmare NJ New Patient Forms in advance to save time once you arrive.
  6. Don’t be nervous!  The treatments are painless.

We are a positive and spirited team (as we hope you have heard!) and will be 100% sure to make you feel as comfortable as possible from your first visit to your last.

Would you like to talk with us about your chronic pain condition?

Just fill out the information below:

Photo Credit:  Stuart Miles – FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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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.

Joy from West Virginia wins the RSD war with Calmare Therapy

Last week, I received this update from Joy:

“I have come off of 5 meds so far since my last Calmare treatment. I can’t believe the difference in my clarity. I never really read the side effects of them until yesterday… Thanks again for your magic machine.  The first Saturday I was home, my husband and I took a little hike! He has been so happy with the outcome of the treatments! Okie dokie, keep working your magic!!”

Joy_WV_4.2013Joy is one of those vivacious people who are bigger than life–she has a winning personality and charisma that is off the charts  (her name suits her perfectly). The fact that she’s been living for years with RSD pain in her foot after a fall is unbelievable.

Yet again, her neurologist told her that to minimize the RSD pain she would need a neurostimulator implanted into her spine and a tabletop full of drugs. And, like many,  she simply said, “no.”

Joy came to see me last year to try one Calmare treatment.  I offer this to anyone who I feel may benefit from the treatment. (The first visit is free if there is no reduction in pain. If they feel the relief, then that visit is the first of ten). While patients don’t always experience immediate pain relief, so do. This was Joy’s case. In fact,  she went home after a single treatment (the standard protocol is a 10-treatment series, one per day). But a year later the pain returned and she decided to undergo the full treatment series to achieve longer-lasting pain relief. However, her response early on was so successful that we agreed that eight treatments was enough and off she went back to West Virginia.

She filmed a video here depicting her experience. As you can see, this is not a woman who is going to give up easily. And, thankfully, she left us, wearing her favorite boots again.

Insurance coverage for scrambler therapy is on the upswing

When it comes to convincing government and private medical insurance to cover newer medical treatments, it can feel like climbing a mountain. At night. With no shoes. In the pouring rain.

But, we’re happy to begin to see some light at the end of the tunnel. At last, health insurers are recognizing the cost benefit and effectiveness of Calmare’s scrambler therapy in comparison to endless medications, expensive and invasive chronic pain treatments such as Ketamine therapy and spinal chord stimulators (SCS).

 Here is what we know or have been advised to date:

 Worker’s Comp:

The following states are covering scrambler therapy:

New York

Connecticut

Rhode Island

Wyoming

Private Insurance:

*There have been sporadic reimbursements for indications including CIPN, RSD, Herpes and CRPS from the following private health insurers who have approved and paid for at least one patient of treatment for Scrambler Therapy: 

United  

Aetna  

Chartis 

Beacon Mutual  

BCBS UT

Cigna   

Zurich

Liberty Mutual

GHI

BCBS-NV

Anthea

CorVel

Empire BCBS

The Empire Plan 

 *Patients have reported the highest percentage of success when they appeal an initial denial of coverage. 

Additionally, patients living in New York and Wyoming with private insurance have reported the highest percentage of coverage in the U.S., to date.

Without appeals or submittal of claims for coverage, the insurance company’s Medical Directors see no demand from providers for the new technology and therefore have little motivation to establish coverage.

 CPT Code for Scrambler Therapy

The AMA released the new CPT code (0278T) on January 1, 2012.   This code is now used by all Scrambler therapy sites for billing/reimbursement claims.

If you live in a state where Worker’s Comp offers coverage and would like to pursue Calmare Therapy:

1) Schedule a consultation with a certified Calmare provider to determine if your medical condition is appropriate for Calmare Therapy. Bring along your medical records and a history of other chronic pain treatments you have undergone.

2) IF your doctor confirms Calmare is appropriate for your medical condition, contact your Worker’s Comp representative to obtain “pre-certification” before beginning treatment.

There is activity, we are getting there

Slowly but surely, insurers are beginning to see that scrambler therapy is a cost-effective treatment to help people minimize or eliminate chronic pain which is preventing them from working and enjoying the high quality of life they deserve. It’s proven and remarkably inexpensive in comparison to prescription drugs, Ketamine therapy, spinal cord stimulators (SCS) and other invasive and painful treatments.

But patients and their loved ones must put up a fight. What does this mean? According to patients we have spoken with who received reimbursement for Calmare, they did not accept the bevy of “Denial of Coverage” form letters. They wrote their own letters, appealed, appealed and appealed until someone listened.

As a Calmare provider, we will do anything we can to help you win the coverage you deserve. We have staff that interacts with insurance companies and Worker’s Comp personnel 40 hours a week. We are fighting the same battle, right beside you.

 

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