STATEN ISLAND, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 06/27/13 -- Forest Rehabilitation Medicine PC a chronic pain treatment medical practice with multiple locations on Staten Island and now in Brooklyn, announced today the opening of its sixth clinic at the offices of Daniel W. Wilen, MD, Board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon, at 9202 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11209, using Calmare/Scrambler Therapy, a non-invasive and non-narcotic therapy for the treatment of chronic neuropathic pain.
Forest Rehabilitation Medicine, the first Calmare-certified practice in the US, has been opening clinic locations over the past two years on Staten Island. Forest Rehabilitation's physicians, Christopher Perez, MD and Jack D'Angelo, MD, have been very successful in achieving chronic pain relief for their patients suffering from failed surgical back syndrome, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) -- also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS, Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN) and other neuropathies.
Recently, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported that Staten Island had the largest increase (up 261%) in prescription opioid overdose deaths since 2005 compared to Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, the quest for finding a non-narcotic, yet effective, therapy for the treatment of chronic pain has become more important to patients and their doctors. When presented with an alternative to painkillers, most patients understandably prefer a non-surgical solution, but there are few effective alternatives. Calmare is currently in clinical studies by influential medical institutions. The technology has also been garnering more attention in the medical community as more patients and physicians become aware of the Calmare's success in alleviating chronic pain. KSL-TV recently aired a news report on Calmare with patient testimonials.
Locally, Steve Hagis, a Forest Rehabilitation Medicine patient injured on 9/11 and suffering from neuropathy, had been taking morphine daily over the past eleven years. Concerned about the long term negative effects of 300/mg of morphine a day on his body, Mr. Hagis searched for a non-narcotic pain treatment. He replaced the morphine regimen after undergoing ten Calmare treatments.
Mr. Hagis said, "Without morphine, on a scale of 1-10, I was at 11. With morphine, the pain was reduced to 5-6. I had to go to Workers' Compensation Court to obtain reimbursement approval for Calmare, which I received last October. Since the initial ten treatments, I still have pain around 5-6, but without taking morphine and the cumulative bad effects on my body. I only wished I learned of Calmare sooner."
Another patient, Ms. Kelly Gisonda, was experiencing pain of 8-9 after failed spine fusion surgery. After obtaining reimbursement approval from Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Ms. Gisonda received ten Calmare treatments two months ago and now has a much lower pain score of 2-3 with no narcotics.
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