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New Pain Therapy for Treatment-Resistant Sciatica

November 12, 2020

One of the frustrations about chronic sciatica is that medications, injections, physical therapy and independent exercises–even surgery–often fail to resolve the debilitating pain.

Sciatica and low back pain affects millions of people of all ages, from all walks of life.  While people as young as their 20s can suffer from sciatic nerve pain, it’s most common in adults in their 40s and 50s, affecting more men than women.

And yet, traditional medicine is often hindered by how to relieve this type of neuropathy.

The cause of sciatica or chronic back pain may be due to injury, failed back surgery or generalized aging of bones and joints.

Eventually, medication and treatment-resistant sciatica can result in leg weakness and mobility challenges. Further, overall health quality can be diminished due to poor sleep.

For people whose pain is nerve-focused, we are increasingly recommending Calmare Therapy, particularly for people battling chronic back pain for six months or longer.

Calmare uses biophysical “scrambler” technology, a painless treatment for nerve pain that uses electrodes placed on the skin emitting low amounts of electricity scrambles the pain message from the brain so that it stops sending the pain signal.

Yes, in fact, it’s as simple as it sounds.

Most importantly, 75 percent of the chronic nerve pain patients we have treated here in New Jersey have “significantly reduced–or even eliminated their neuropathic pain.”

How the Calmare MC-5A technology can significantly lessen treatment-resistant lumbar and sciatic neuropathy

Sciatica can be relieved using calmoare therapy

The device’s technology painlessly reduces sciatic and spinal neuropathy by creating an artificial neuron that retrains the brain. This is accomplished when the device sends a mild ‘no-pain’ signal along the sciatic root to the brain.

Calmare scrambler therapy has been performed at our pain control clinic since 2011. It is performed exclusively by Dr. Michael Cooney, one of only seven Calmare Certified doctors in the US.

Sciatic neuritis versus sciatic neuropathy

Sciatic neuritis is usually a structural or biomechanical problem, such as a pinched nerve or ligament damage.

It is acute (short term, not chronic) and often successfully treated by chiropractors or physical therapists who specialize in treating musculoskeletal injuries.

In most cases, Calmare Therapy may not be the ideal treatment for this condition.

Sciatic neuropathy is the second most common neuropathy of the lower extremity. Symptoms often include foot drop, mimicking common fibular neuropathy.

The neuropathy (chronic pain) is constant; the pain may vary from low to high, but the discomfort never goes away completely.

This diagnosis is ideal for Calmare scrambler therapy since neuropathic pain is the root cause of the discomfort.

Calmare treats diagnosed chronic nerve pain.

Meet Rina Stiano, who received 10 scrambler therapy treatments for her sciatic neuropathy, performed by Dr. Michael Cooney:

How is Calmare performed and is it painful?

Via small electrodes strategically positioned by Dr. Cooney, a low grade, ‘no-pain’ message is then transmitted directly to the damaged nerve for approximately 35 minutes per session.

Regardless of severity, pain and physical symptoms caused by the sciatica can be significantly reduced or even alleviated by the conclusion of the 10-treatment series.

Double-Blind Clinical Study Finds Decreased Low Back Pain Following Calmare Therapy

For severe neuropathic pain cases, subsequent Calmare booster treatments are sometimes, but not always, necessary for patients who have lived with the chronic pain condition for an extended period of time before undergoing Calmare Therapy treatment.

Calmare scrambler therapy benefits
  • Proven success in the treatment of neuropathic pain by leading oncologic studies 
  • FDA-cleared 510(k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified
  • Pain-free
  • Non-invasive
  • Drug-free
  • No side effects

People with treatment and medication-resistant neuropathy describe their outcomes after Calmare Therapy.

Will Calmare work for my back pain?

Calmare can lessen chronic pain in the back and sciatica

First, let us be perfectly transparent—while this non-invasive therapy has been successful for more than 75 percent of our patients with chronic nerve pain, it does not significantly reduce or eliminate pain or everyone, unfortunately.

We have seen notable success (pain reduction or remission) for children, teens, adults and seniors battling these neuropathic pain conditions:

  • Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck Pain
  • Foot Pain
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chemotherapy associated Cancer Pain – CIPN
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – CRPS
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic Pain/Neuropathy – General
  • Phantom Limb Syndrome
  • Post-Shingles Nerve Pain – PHN
  • Pudendal (Gynecologic) Pain

Calmare is a ‘provider dependent therapy. Is your doctor Calmare Certified?

When will my pain level start to decrease?

In most cases, by treatment 3-4 we are able to foresee if a patient’s neuropathy will be significantly minimized or a pain-free state can be achieved. Many patients experience pain relief as early as 10 minutes into their first treatment session. As the number of treatment sessions increases, the duration of pain relief is prolonged.

What if my pain comes back?

Depending on the severity of the original condition and the length of time the patient has been experiencing chronic pain, periodic booster treatments may be required to combat any return of pain.

Is Calmare technology comparable to a TENS unit?

No. The Calmare® MC-5A device creates a low energy electrical impulse that travels through the patient’s nerves delivering a “no-pain” signal to the brain.

This scrambles (disrupts) the brain’s misfiring pain signal that the area of pain is normal and eventually results in prolonged pain relief.

TENS units are self-use devices that can temporarily lessen pain but when discontinued, provide no lasting pain resolution.


Learn more about our Calmare’s COVID-19 prevention protocols in place:

To find out if your chronic back pain or sciatic condition may be suitable for FDA-cleared Calmare Therapy, contact us using the form below, email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com or call 201-933-4440 during normal business hours.

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5-Star Review from a Calmare Patient’s Mother

July 23, 2019

new treatment for crps

We’re in the midst of a very busy week, but we always start our day by checking email and social media profiles to see how our patients are doing post-treatment.

This morning, we were delighted to receive a 5-star Facebook review from the mother of a patient from Canada who just completed her Calmare treatments with us to combat a 4-year battle against CRPS.

Dr. Cooney loves this image with Megan and we are proud to share her mother’s review:

“Dr. Cooney just gave our daughter her life back after four years of intense suffering in her right foot with CRPS.

She started her treatment with a pain level of 9/10 and seven treatments later she was at a zero!!

We cannot thank this amazing, kind wonderful man enough!!!

Dr. Cooney will forever hold a huge part of our hearts.”

Nathalie M.

Dr. Michael Cooney obtained specialized training to use the Calmare MC-5A scrambler therapy device in 2010 and began treating his medication and therapy-resistant patients with chronic nerve pain in 2011.

Today, he has helped relieve advanced neuropathy in more than 1,000 patients who travel to Rutherford, New Jersey for his personalized treatment.

We invite to you read our Patient Case Studies page to review patient experiences.

Should you wish to speak via phone or video chat directly with Dr. Cooney about your chronic pain condition, call our clinic at 201.933.4440, email us privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com or complete the card below and Dr. Cooney will reach out to you directly.

Wishing you a low pain day.

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