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FOX25 News 07/24/2017

Drug-Free Pain Relieving Device

Local company is behind a wearable device that relieves pain – drug free. It’s the answer that Winthrop resident Bill Sanford has been searching for. “It’s been 40 years of ongoing pain, getting worse as I get older,” said Sanford. After spinal fusion surgery at the age of 15, Sanford has tried for years to find pain relief.

“Advil, Tylenol, Codeine, Percocet, Morphine. Whatever would help,” he said.

The prescriptions came with side effects, or weren’t consistently effective.

Quell Wearable Pain Relief Technology

When he heard about a device called Quell, he knew he had to try it.

It’s a wearable, drug-free device that uses high frequency stimulation of nerves in a person’s calf to trigger the body’s own pain relieving chemicals.

“It took me about a week or two before I actually felt pain relief. And I would get up from the chair, and it would be like; oh, my word, this is what it feels like to be normal?” Sanford said.

Quell has been cleared by the FDA to treat all different kinds of chronic discomfort, like back pain, arthritic pain, nerve pain and fibromyalgia.

“We’re hearing reactions like; ‘This has been life-changing,’” said Shai Gozani, president of Waltham-based Neuro-Metrix.

For Sanford and the others that use it, it means no longer relying on medications for pain relief.

Gozani says that isn’t the case for everyone, but he believes this kind of wearable device is the next generation of relief.

“We allow people to try to reclaim their life. To let people get back to what they wanted to do,” he said.

As the science behind this technology gets better, lighter, and more effective, Gozani said it’s becoming another tool for doctors.

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