Drug-free Relief For Chronic Pain Sufferers
Quell Wearable Pain Relief Technology
Atomic Object designed the new app for Quell, a wearable, Bluetooth-compatible and FDA-approved pain relief device that stimulates sensory nerves in the leg, triggering the body’s natural pain-relief mechanisms.
The statistics on chronic pain aren’t pretty: more than 100 million Americans suffer from it, at a cost of around $600 billion a year in medical treatments and lost productivity.
Part of the problem is that pain relief treatments haven’t kept pace with other areas of medical innovation. We still treat pain with the same basic therapies and drugs—opioids and NSAIDs like ibuprofen, mostly—that we did 50 years ago. Thanks to a new FDA-approved wearable technology and its accompanying software, though, chronic pain sufferers finally have a new treatment option on the horizon, and the initial results offer something to get excited about.
Atomic Object recently unveiled its new app and an accompanying case study for Quell, a wearable pain-management device from NeuroMetrix, Inc. Quell debuted in January 2015 at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where Forbes included the device in its list of the “five most disruptive innovations at CES”.
This month, the Quell app went live, which brings to life the Bluetooth functions on the device and allows iOS and Android users to monitor and control their pain treatment from their smartphone.
Quell is the first FDA-cleared device in a new class of pain-relief technology called Wearable Intensive Nerve Stimulation (WINS). The Quell device—which uses a brand of technology that NeuroMetrix has patented under the trademarked name “OptiTherapy”—inserts into a lightweight black band that you wrap around your upper calf, just below the knee.
The actual Quell device is an electrode-equipped gel pad that contacts the skin; when the device is active for a therapy session, the electrode stimulates sensory nerves in the calf muscles. These nerve stimulations send neural impulses to the brain, which in turn triggers natural pain-blocking mechanisms in the body.
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