Imagine surviving cancer, but being left with lingering debilitating pain. Chronic peripheral neuropathy, a sharp burning sensation in feet that may stretch up to ankles and knees can be an aftereffect of chemotherapy.
This same kind of pain affects people with diabetes. It makes it difficult to walk, puts pain in every step. Now there’s help and, for some, even a cure. The Everett Clinic is the first in the state to offer this new way to reduce pain for people living with chronic peripheral neuropathy. Calmare® Pain Therapy Treatment is a non-invasive, non-narcotic biophysical approach.
“Our new Calmare treatment is the most effective measure that I have yet witnessed in over 30 years of treating cancer patients. This painless, non-invasive procedure has often been able to reverse painful and debilitating neuropathy symptoms and return people to pain free, useful lives. It has proven effective even for patients whose symptoms have not responded to other standard treatments,” said Everett Clinic oncologist Dr. James Congdon.
The medical device, which attaches to a patient’s body via disposable surface electrodes, disrupts a person’s pain receptors and transmits a “no-pain” message to the nerve. The perception of pain is cancelled.
Patients typically come in for about 10 daily, 30-45 minute, treatments. They sit in a chair with the electrodes attached – two on each side of their lower legs, for example. When the machine is turned on they experience slight discomfort – a buzzing pulse. However, they may also experience pain relief within minutes during the first treatment and remain pain-free for about an hour afterwards. With each successive treatment, the pain may lessen and the amount of time the patient spends pain free may increase. After 48 hours of being pain free, the treatment is complete. Patients may need booster treatments after one to three months if pain returns.
Some patients at The Everett Clinic have reported significant improvement or even complete relief from pain that they have suffered for years. They regain increased function (sometimes back to pre-neuropathy levels), in their affected body parts. It treats multiple areas in the body, including hands, which are commonly affected by painful neuropathy.
The treatment is not widely available. There are only 13 Calmare-certified treatment centers and The Everett Clinic Providence Regional Cancer Partnership is the only Calmare-certified provider in Washington state.
The Everett Clinic can now help ease the pain of patients suffering from:
- Chronic neuropathic pain
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Peripheral neuropathies
- Phantom limb syndrome
- Sciatica and lumbar pain
- Failed back surgery syndrome
- Brachial plexus pain
- Post-herpetic neuralgia
The Everett Clinic | everettclinic.com
Founded in 1924, The Everett Clinic is a nationally recognized, locally-owned physician group known for providing high-quality healthcare services while lowering the overall cost of care. It has 500 providers in primary and specialty care at nine locations throughout Snohomish County who care for more than 300,000 patients. Consistently named as a Fortune Magazine “100 Best Companies to Work For,” The Everett Clinic staff and providers support the core value of doing what is right for each patient.
Calmare® Pain Therapy | calmarett.com
Scrambler Therapy - The Calmare® pain therapy device, is a patented and proprietary, U.S. FDA 510(k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified pain medical device for the non-invasive and non-narcotic treatment of chronic neuropathic and oncologic pain. The medical device uses a multi-processor that creates a new pain association signal from pain source to brain, which replaces a "pain" signal with a "no-pain" signal. The new "no-pain" signal is delivered to the brain through surface electrodes, and can provide immediate to long-lasting pain relief for the patient.