Advances in pain relief technology welcome to millions of chronic sufferers

 

Chronic pain is something that millions of people deal with on a daily basis.

And while the underlying cause isn’t always easily detectable or treatable, new technologies are providing symptom relief in a variety of ways. The state of chronic pain Pain is a natural response that’s associated with disease or injury. It’s the body’s way of telling the brain that something is wrong and needs to be fixed. Without pain, you wouldn’t know to remove your hand from a scalding pot of boiling water. But there’s a difference between acute pain and chronic pain. “ While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different,” explains the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM). “Chronic pain persists. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years.” If you’re a chronic pain sufferer, you aren’t alone. It can feel that way sometimes, but you’re part of a massive group of people who desire relief. Just consider the following statistics and data points, as gathered by Pain Doctor . 126 million American adults – or more than […]

Quell’s wearable pain relief technology

One of the more exciting developments in pain relief is Quell, a new wearable pain relief technology that’s supposed to provide widespread relief from chronic pain. According to the company, “It works by stimulating the sensory nerves in your upper calf, triggering your body’s natural pain relief response blocking pain signals in the body.”

While the technology is still relatively new, it’s FDA approved. In a 60-day trial, two out of three Quell users have been able to reduce the amount of pain medication they’re on after using the device, while 81 percent of participants report an improvement in chronic pain.