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News: Noninvasive Therapy Used to Treat Pediatric Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

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Noninvasive Therapy Used to Treat Pediatric Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Mar 02, 2015 | Rachel Lutz

Pediatric complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) can be treated using a scrambler therapy (ST), Calmare, according to research presented at the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly held November 13-16 in San Diego.

Researchers from Utah Valley Pain Relief introduced scrambler therapy called Calmare as a noninvasive neuromodulation approach to the treatment of chronic neuropathic pain. The ST is thought to interfere with the pain neuromatrix by providing nonpain codes. Though the therapy was originally developed to treat pain in cancer-related neuropathic pain and chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy patients, it had since been successfully used to treat a variety of chronic pain symptoms. However, it has not been widely tested for pediatric patients, which the researchers aimed to rectify in their current research.

“In our opinion, the multidisciplinary care model best fits the treatment model for this diverse patient group, allowing flexibility for individual patient needs while encouraging peer, family, and team support, with the goal of sustained ongoing progress and recovery,” the authors wrote after conducting a literature review, which determined children with chronic neuropathic pain respond better to noninvasive approaches to pain management.

By identifying the nervous system as a cybernetic system that responds to nerve pain as coded information, researchers were able to pinpoint when chronic pain receptors have been damaged. They noticed it created erroneous codes that were independent from the pain source. The researchers saw the pain signals reinterpreted by the brain; otherwise, the signals were continuing to be interpreted as pain signals back to the body. Calmare was used to intercept these pain signals and send non pain signals back to the brain. Calmare positively impacted the effort to decrease the various forms of neuropathic pain.

In a case study, researchers concluded the ST Calmare pain therapy was appropriate for treatment of pediatric complex regional pain syndrome.

“There are many people looking for insights and answers about Calmare,” Erick Bingham, DC, from Utah Valley Pain Relief said in a press release. “There are many children with CRPS who can benefit from these treatments. This case study reveals in a practical way what’s possible with the right information and guidance.”

– See more at: http://www.hcplive.com/news/Noninvasive-Therapy-Used-to-Treat-Pediatric-Complex-Regional-Pain-Syndrome-#sthash.Rt4Kq0UA.dpuf

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Emerging Chronic Pain Device Improving Lives

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Emerging Chronic Pain Device Improving Lives

Patients who have suffered through chronic pain for several years say a relatively new treatment has changed their lives for the better.

BY ANGELINA TALA | DEC 28, 2011 11:40 PM EST

Patients who have suffered through chronic pain for several years say a relatively new treatment has changed their lives for the better.

(Photo : (Patrick Hoesly/Flickr)) An illustration of a neuron connection.

(Photo : (Patrick Hoesly/Flickr)) An illustration of a neuron connection.
  • One patient described the results as a “miracle” which allowed her to resume her active, athletic lifestyle. Another patient said pain relief has allowed her to become a “normal mom again” after years of suffering.

Health professionals administer the Calmare pain therapy treatment, which is owned and marketed by Fairfield, Conn.-based Competitive Technologies, Inc., at 15 centers in the United States. Most of the centers are concentrated in the northeastern U.S., although there has been some expansion into other parts of the country, according to the treatment’s website.

The FDA approved product is also being studied by such institutions as the Mayo Clinic, VCU Massey Cancer Center, and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Center.

Treatment involves the use of the electronic device, also known as “Scrambler,” to fight neurological or cancer-related pain by sending signals through electrodes placed on the body that stimulate nerves in pain areas. The device signals mask the body’s pain signals, thereby reducing or eliminating pain.

Treatments, originally developed by bioengineer Giuseppe Marineo, include 45-minute sessions on weekdays for two consecutive weeks.

While some patients no longer feel pain after the initial sessions, others may need to continue with additional “booster” treatments.

Understanding Neurological Pain

Neurological pain is a chronic pain resulting from an injury to the nervous system. The pain occurs when nerves are damaged or disrupted which causes the feeling of burning or coldness, numbness, itching, aching, and pins and needles.

Two patients interviewed for this article said the brain thinks pain is there even though a problem has been fixed.

The Calmare device “tricks” the brain into believing there is no pain, which in reality, there isn’t.

Patient Experiences

Patients who received treatment spoke with Medical Daily about their experiences after years suffering with chronic pain. One patient felt pain after multiple surgeries while another suffered from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, a disease of the nervous system.

Recovering from Surgery

Jill Baeter, 45, of Salt Lake City, Utah had been a lifelong skier. But after falling on black ice and crushing the cartilage in her knees she was unable to ski again. Baeter underwent 6 failed surgeries to try to repair the damage but nothing worked for her.

After receiving the Calmare treatment she said she is now pain free.

“These treatments were a miracle. I really don’t know what I would have done without it. The pain had become unbearable. I even considered amputating my leg,” she said

She went through five sessions and received a pain free profile, although she ultimately went to nine sessions.

“I went on a hike! I haven’t been able to do that in 5 years,” she said.

Quality of Life Improvement

Shannon Kelly, 42, of San Diego, Calif., who suffered from severe RSD for 5 years said the debilitating pain wouldn’t let get her get out of bed.

“The pain is so severe it’s so hard to hold a conversation with my daughter, it’s been so long she hardly knows a mom without RSD,” the mother of three said.

In her case, treatments with the anesthetic medication ketamine and a spinal cord stimulator were useless.

“Pain killers didn’t work for me, I only took them because I was advised by doctors, but they did nothing for me,” she said, adding she expected the treatment would end her use of medication.

Kelly says after treatment she feels no pain for two weeks and enjoys life “to the fullest” but the pain begins to increase in the third and fourth weeks. She says traveling to receive booster treatments every 4 to 5 weeks is worth it because she gets to spend time with her family.

“All I want is to be a normal mom again and the treatments help me achieve that,” she said.

Click here for the original article online.

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Calmare: Kenley prepares to leave NJ–wheelchair free (Dr. Cooney)

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Kenley prepares to leave NJ–wheelchair free

January 17, 2013

no wheelchair imageSince we started providing Calmare Therapy, we have seen some remarkable patient outcomes that we will never forget. During the past two weeks here in New Jersey, our patient Kenley, from West Virginia, has experienced a tremendous outcome that we would like to share─

PATIENT HISTORY

She started treatment with us Monday, January 7. Kenley is a smart and kind 24-year-old who has been wheelchair-bound with RSD from her left knee to her foot for the past two years. Her dream is to overcome the RSD pain and be able to return to college.

CALMARE PAIN THERAPY – TREATMENTS 1 – 8

When she arrived, her pain level was 8-10. After her third treatment, she left with a pain level reduced to a 2. It increased that evening but each might her pain decrease lasted for a longer span of time. Yesterday, we completed treatment number eight and she walked out of the office reporting a 0 pain level for the first time. Best of all, she did not use her wheelchair when she left (which brought tears to my front office staff).  Kenley also said,  “I have been wearing loose slippers for so long I had forgotten what it’s like to wear real shoes–I love it!”

TODAY – TREATMENT 9

When she arrived this morning, Kenley was walking without the wheelchair, although taking tentative steps. She reported some overnight muscle soreness which I attribute to using her legs independently again for the first time in two years (there is “good” pain sometimes). Hopefully, Kenley can videotape her experience and share it personally with you all. She has an inspiring story to tell and we are honored to be part of it.

Click here for the original article online.

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Calmare: Health Check: Chronic pain treatment (NBC 10 News Segment)

 

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WEST WARWICK, R.I. –Michelle Jacobson has traveled more than 700 miles from Grand Rapids, Mich., to West Warwick for a special medical treatment.

It started with a breast cancer diagnosis three years ago. That led to reconstructive surgery that left her in severe chronic pain.

“I couldn’t walk out in the wind. I would cringe to put on clothes,” said Jacobson, a mother of two.

She couldn’t pick up her 5-year-old son, Micah, or hug her 8-year-old daughter, Severena.

So she went to see Dr. Stephen D’Amato, who brought a new pain therapy to Rhode Island, the first in the country to use in private practice.

“Being an ER doctor for over 30 years, I’ve seen a lot of pain and suffering,” D’Amato said.

When he heard about Calmar pain relief therapy, he went straight to the source.

D’Amato said he traveled to Italy and studied under a bioengineer professor who developed a new non-invasive, non-surgical pain treatment.

“Pain is generally represented by electrical wave forms so that if we can manipulate the electrical wave form of your pain then we can manipulate your pain,” he said.

D’Amato uses a machine that he said is able to transmit every single combination of a non-pain wave form string sequence.

D’Amato said it doesn’t block the pain. It sends non-pain messages to the brain, which in essence trains the brain to not feel pain.

Carol Ann Donnelly, a two-time breast cancer survivor who works for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation, had chemotherapy-induced neuropathy.

“And after the first treatment I could actually feel. I had numbness in the tips of my fingers and had for many years and I actually, the sensation was back,” she said.

Robin Wiegand had chronic pain everywhere.

“On a zero to 10 scale, I always said that it was a 50 or a 90. It was horrible,” she said.

Wiegand, who travels from Las Vegas for treatments, is a believer even if she doesn’t completely understand how it works.

“Every time it has gotten my pain down to zero,” she said.

Kendra Cimaglia, a 15-year cancer survivor, said she’s now able to stand on her toes without any pain.

Jacobson has finished her treatments.

“You know when (Micah) reaches up his little hands like, ‘Pick me up’, you know, and I can. It’s just a miracle,” she said.

D’Amato said he’s treated hundreds of patients like Jacobson over the past few years.

Overall he said the treatment is about 80 percent effective in treating chronic pain.

 

 

Click here for the original article online.

 

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Calmare: Article in new issue of Health Magazine on Calmare Therapy and Dr. Cooney

Article in new issue of Health Magazine on Calmare Therapy and Dr. Cooney

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New Technique: Innovative Pain Device Relieves Chronic Pain Without Drugs

We continue to see more and more articles and message board posts about Calmare Therapy.  Here’s the most recent one we found (below).

Please comment at the end of the article if you have tried this therapy or have any information on it.  On the surface it looks extremely promising and we’d like to gather more information for the RSDS/CRPS community on it.

Innovative Pain Device Relieves Chronic Pain Without Drugs

by ELIZABETH MAGILL on MARCH 21, 2012

The Calmare scrambler was invented by Giuseppe Marineo, an Italian scientist. “Calmare” means “to ease” or “to soothe” in Italian.

One of the greatest frustrations of patients and healthcare providers alike is dealing with pain, particularly chronic pain. And nowhere is this more apparent than for cancer patients who endured months or years of chemotherapy, and are left with peripheral neuropathy, a chronic pain condition.

Patients who have agonized through chronic pain say an emerging new treatment has improved their lives – without the use of painkilling drugs. “It’s just a miracle”, Michelle Jacobson, a breast cancer survivor, told a Rhode Island television station.

This non-invasive chronic pain solution is called the Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment, which is licensed to Competitive Technologies, Inc. (OTCQX:CTTC.PK ). Calmare uses a biophysical “scrambler” device which transmits low doses of electricity through electrodes on the skin in order to block pain. In essence, the Calmare scrambler “tricks” the brain into thinking there isn’t pain.

Researcher, bioengineer, professor, and founder of the Delta Research & Development center in Rome, Giuseppe Marineo developed the Calmare scrambler. The device was named after the Italian word “calmare”, which means “to ease” or “to soothe”.

The Calmare scrambler is most often used for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, which causes sensations of burning, numbness, aching, coldness, itching, and tingling. However, Calmare is also being used to treat other chronic pain conditions, including lower back pain, neck pain, diabetic pain, fibromyalgia, post-surgical pain, RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy), and radiating pain.

The Calmare device was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2009, but is only available at 16 private pain clinics in the United States, mostly on the east coast. Wounded soldiers and veterans are also receiving Calmare Pain Therapy at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and nearly a dozen other U.S. military facilities. The Department of Defense is seeking alternative forms of pain management to discourage the overuse of painkillers, which are widely used by injured veteransreturning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Medical professionals and clinical studies are reporting promising results from Calmare’s drug-free device.

In a clinical study at the University of Wisconsin, researchers found that Calmare scrambler therapy showed measurable results in helping patients with Chemotherapy Induced Pain Neuropathy. “This technology has consistently shown very impressive results in our blind study,” reports Toby Campbell, MD, chief of Palliative Medicine, University of Wisconsin. 

In a pilot trial of the Calmare device, Massey Cancer Center in Richmond, Virginia found a dramatic reduction in CIPN pain with no toxicity side effect. The 2010 study was published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

The Mayo Clinic is also requesting volunteers in a clinical trial using Calmare scrambler technology to analyze pain associated with post-herpetic neuralgia.

Click here for the original article online.
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