Quell Offers World’s First Pain Relief Wearable
Quell Wearable Pain Relief Technology
Amongst the current flurry of wearable sensors and mHealth apps that appear to be so many elaborate toys, a new system called Quell stands out. It seems to have real potential to change lives… for many people with diabetes and beyond.
Quell is a first-of-its-kind, drug-free option for reducing the pain of neuropathy, sciatica, and other chronic pain through neural pulses — delivered by a band wrapped just below the knee, with a companion app that allows users to change settings and track sessions via a smartphone or iPad.
Its makers boast that it is “clinically proven to start relieving chronic pain in as little as 15 minutes… (with) FDA cleared prescription-strength technology that works with your own body by stimulating your nerves and blocking pain signals in your body.”
Approved by FDA last summer, Quell is just being launched now, following a highly successful Spring Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. It was debuted to the diabetes world in a decent-sized booth at the ADA Scientific Sessions in Boston a few weeks ago. The big expo signs touting “Wearable Pain Relief Technology” were hard to ignore. I spent about 40 minutes in the booth myself, talking with their experts and getting a demo of this insipid-looking Velcro band that’s creating such a stir.
My first thought was that for many of our friends in the Diabetic Community who suffer from the pain of neuropathy, Quell could certainly be a boon!
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