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Why Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment is ideal for children and teens with chronic pain

September 1, 2015

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

The last thing any parent or caregiver wants to do is subject their child to pain—even if the goal is to help decrease pain.

In addition, no parent I’ve ever met wants to give their child narcotics to combat pain, even for the short-term.

But, if your child is suffering, you’ll do just about anything to help them.

I realized that during the month of August here in our New Jersey Calmare clinic, about 70 percent of the patients we treated for neuropathy using scrambler therapy were under 30 years old.

And about 50 percent of those patients were under age 18.

Why Calmare scrambler therapy is an ideal treatment for pediatric neuropathyGabriel_6.2015

  • FDA-cleared 510(k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified
  • Pain free
  • Non-invasive (no injections, IV’s, outpatient procedures–nothing)
  • Drug-free (no narcotics, nothing over-the-counter).
  • No side effects (the most you may experience is a light humming sensation which we can adapt if your skin is unable to sustain any kind of touch)

How does scrambler therapy work?

Children or teenagers are comfortably connected to the Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment® device via small electrodes (similar to those used in EKG and other medical procedures) placed on the patient’s skin at the pain site/s.

The device then sends a very low current of electrical stimulation through the skin and nerve fibers, which carries a “no pain” signal to the brain, essentially overriding the previous pain signal.

Abby Bluteau getting treatment_2015We recommend the child have books, magazines or handheld entertainment to help pass the time during the treatments (see Abby at left).

In some cases, pain relief has been reported after the first treatment, but each child’s case is unique.

During the 35-minute daily treatments performed over a two-week period, the patient’s pain steadily decreases with the goal of sending the child or teen home without the need for wheelchairs, canes or any supportive devices.

Once the child is back home, after ample rest and care is taken not to “do too much too soon,” many pediatric patients return to school and normal daily activities.

Can you share some pediatric patient Calmare Therapy success stories?

Absolutely!

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Amanda

Jamie 2_8.2015Jamie

Gabriel_age11_12.2013Gabriel

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Boy with RND looks forward to his first pain-free Christmas in three years

Gabriel_age11_12.2013(Update: 1/2014: Gabriel’s mother called us this morning to say her family is elated that their son continues to be pain-free and he is finally returning to public school today, without crutches…)

Part of being a child is taking your share of hits, scrapes, bumps and bruises. But some children who sustain these routine injuries are faced with the unexpected onset of chronic pain that can take away the simple joy of childhood. This chronic condition, reflex neurovascular dystrophy (RND), is in the same disease family as RSD / CRPS and fibromyalgia.

The root of all of these diseases stems from damaged nerves (most commonly as the result of an injury or surgery) which amplifies the pain signal to the brain. The resulting pain can be excruciating and especially heartbreaking when this pain is suffered by a child.  RND is more common than you might think.

Last year, we profiled a high school student, Katie, a smart and athletic teenager with RND.  She responded beautifully to scrambler therapy and while we miss her, she left our office pain-free and has never needed to return for booster treatments (read about her post-treatment update letter here:  https://calmaretherapynj.com/2013/02/14/mother-of-teen-with-fibromyalgia-shares-calmare-experience/).

Gabriel’s young life is put on hold by pain

Two weeks ago, 11-year-old Gabriel from New Jersey came in with RND in his right leg after sustaining a soccer injury in 2010. He described his pain as a 9/10 upon arrival. Over the past few years, he underwent the standard course of treatments for neuropathy with a battery of doctors including his pediatrician, orthopedist, rheumatologist and pain management specialists. He took painkilling-medication and endured unpleasant injections to treat severe pain.

Due to his extreme ongoing pain and skin sensitivity, Gabriel had to drop out of soccer and karate and be home-schooled. He suffered from chronic fatigue and weight gain, as a result of the painkilling medications.

I began treating him with daily Calmare Therapy treatments of about an hour a day; starting with the second treatment, and Gabriel’s pain began to diminish and I saw a smile for the first time.

An optimal outcome with a treatment that has no pain or side effects

After completing the standard two-week treatment protocol, Gabriel was pain-free for the first time in three years.  He has begun to sleep through the night again. By the eighth treatment, he was able to put his favorite sneakers on for the first time in months.

Just in time for Christmas, this terrific young man’s Calmare treatment is complete.  He and his elated family are moving forward with their lives, starting with celebrating the holidays in a big way this year.

Thank you to Gabriel and his parents for having the faith and fortitude to keep looking for a drug-free and non-invasive  treatment to overcome chronic RND pain. You positive outcome has been an early Christmas present for me, indeed.

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