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Digital Trends 04/27/2017

5 Gadgets That Relieve Chronic Pain

Quell Wearable Pain Relief Technology

Ice and heating packs alone aren’t always enough to alleviate soreness. NeuroMetrix’s Quell, a wearable device that attaches to the calf, aims to do better with the help of electricity.

Quell stimulates the body’s opiate production via highly targeted, sequential shocks. Electrodes perform transcutaneous electrical wave stimulation (TENS), or the transfer of electricity from electrodes on Quell’s underside to specific nerves on the skin’s surface.

NeuroMetrix has clinical studies and white papers to back up its effectiveness, and Quell has been approved for the treatment of certain ailments by the Food and Drug Administration. It’s been deemed safe for long-term use — as many as 24 hours on-body and over 40 hours on a single charge.

But Quell’s form of pain relief doesn’t come cheap. Quell costs $250, and an additional $30 per month for replacement electrode strips. The company is hoping insurance companies will pick up the cost, but it didn’t have any news to announce on that front at CES.

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