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Podiatry Today 06/22/2015

The Top Ten Innovations In Podiatry

Quell Wearable Pain Relief Technology

Quell (NeuroMetrix). For patients with lower extremity pain, relief does not necessarily require medication. Quell is a device patients can wear on the leg that uses OptiTherapy to calibrate an optimal stimulation level to provide maximum pain relief and help patients get a good night’s sleep, according to the manufacturer NeuroMetrix.

Dr. Wu says patients can use the non-invasive Quell either alone or in conjunction with medication therapies, and it does not require a prescription. She notes Quell offers customizable pain relief that one can track via an iOS app, helping users understand what changes in sleep activity and levels of therapy are most optimal for them. Dr. Wu says this information could also be useful for healthcare providers if patients are comfortable providing it to them.

Dr. Wu says it is the only FDA-cleared device of its kind approved for use while a person is sleeping. The device is reportedly able to detect when a user is sleeping and automatically decreases therapeutic intensity to help prevent stimulation from disrupting sleep. Dr. Wu says the device is lightweight and has a discreet form to allow users to take their pain therapy with them wherever they go.

“The Quell device provides true functionality and actionable insights to those suffering from chronic pain” says Dr. Wu.

Although Quell is new to the market, Dr. Wu has seen the results from the device’s predecessor Sensus. She says Quell improves on the Sensus technology, allowing patients to track their therapy and progress on their mobile devices.

“The data captured regarding therapy, activity and sleep will be helpful for healthcare providers to track patient progress,” notes Dr. Wu.

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