Category Archives: nerve pain

Finding the root of nerve pain

Pain, and how to adequately treat it, is one of the most daunting challenges facing the medical profession today. It’s estimated that 50 to 80 percent of spinal surgeries fail. One of the major reasons for this isn’t treatment, but misdiagnosis of the nerves causing the pain.

Axon_II_Sample_ReportUsed to diagnose the root cause of many common pain symptoms, the Axon Nerve Test provides a simple test that can accurately identify the exact level and side of the nerve root causing the pain. This test can be used as part of a successful treatment of almost all sorts of bodily pain, from back to wrist to neck and much more.

The way the test is administered is simple. The doctor or practitioner places a small electrode to a specific pain point on a patient. The practitioner then increases the level of intensity until the patient reports feeling a sensation. This otherwise innocuous stimulus sends an electrical signal that selectively stimulates A-delta nerve fibers. Technology built in to the system verifies the firing of each nerve, leading to an accurate and objective pinpointing of the damage.  This, in turn, is one of the reasons for its’ 97% sensitivity.

Other benefits of using this specific technology is a membership to the American Association of Sensory Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AASEM), Unlimited phone support, Training videos and Online Textbook, and more.

Pinpoint Pain with Nerve Conduction

Complaints about pain are very common in doctors’ offices around the world. From injury to old age, pain can either creep up or fall like a heavy blow throughout one’s life. The problem, however, is that these complaints are difficult to substantiate. Pain is often subjective and hard to pinpoint, so addressing the root cause can be quite the challenge without the right tools.

One specific tool can help identify a patient’s degree of pain and even its cause. With a neural scanner, your doctors will be able to pinpoint the root cause of the following examples of discomfort:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Migraine pain
  • Hand pain
  • Foot pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Acute pain
  • Post-op pain

Because pain is such a common complaint, it is important that your office is able to address it properly when working with patients. Simply putting a Band-Aid on symptoms without addressing their root cause should be avoided. With a neural scanner, your practice will have a proper way to address and mitigate pain. And after a simple 20 to 25 minute test that costs $2 for replacement parts, your practice will earn $250 in reimbursements. When it comes to helping patients and your practice, investing in nerve conduction will be one of the easier decisions you make all year.

How to Offer Chronic Pain Relief Without Drugs?

Numerous patients who visit your office complain of chronic pain. Oftentimes, this pain may occur independent of other ailments or in combination with them. While patients are no doubt familiar with the nagging discomfort, sharp pangs and immobility that accompany chronic pain, turning to medication can be a slippery slope. Because chronic pain does not respond to a one-time prescription of pain medication, patients will often continue to seek relief after one prescription has ended. With an eye toward preventing this kind of growing dependence on pain medication, many doctors are looking to holistic, drug-free pain clinics.

You too can add a pain clinic to your office to help patients deal with their pain in a healthy, manageable way.

  • The first step in a properly functioning pain clinic is to accurately diagnose the pain. The Axon II Neural Scanner provides objective monitoring of neuropathic pain so you can precisely determine its cause.
  • To treat the source of the pain, a horizontal therapy pain-treatment system called the Hako-Med stimulates peripheral and motor nerves. This effectively reduces pain through muscle re-education.

This quick and effective two-part system will help a good number of your patients overcome their chronic pain. Many patients do not understand the source of their pain and are unaware that it could be diminished without using addictive and dangerous pain medication. Adding a holistic, drug-free pain clinic to your practice doesn’t need to be daunting. Just two devices, which offer a great return on investment, will help you better treat each patient and meet their pain at the source.

In Response to Dr. Alan Cato’s Pill Mill Editorial

In response to a very passionate Dr Alan Cato, who recently commented on the current exploitation of the pain epidemic, I think he brings up many truths, but no constructive input.  His article, How pain as a vital sign contributed to prescription pill mills, is a direct attack at the Joint Commission’s “Pain: the Fifth Vital Sign” movement back in 2001.  I agree, when a large governing body wants to guarantee that anyone in pain is receiving treatment, and that treatment is a vastly profitable industry, it will enable exploitation.  However, it is only exploited if there are unclear indices and diagnoses, and that is the real discussion.  Pain is perceptual, pain is  qualitative, and the current tools like EMG and MRI are borderline ineffective at providing specific, quantitative information.  The key is innovation, education and regulation.

Innovation means not settling for inadequate technology to diagnose pain.  EMG is a strictly motor/muscle test, with no ability to test pain specific fibers; but it is the first prescription when a patient comes in with neck or back pain.  MRI is anatomical, not physiological.  As of right now, the only FDA approved device on the market to diagnose and pinpoint specific nerve pain is the Axon II.  It is quick, painless and accurate, making it a standard piece of equipment needed in any medical office.  The education is needed in medical schools and hospitals where new technology doesn’t permeate traditional, outdated tools.  Lastly, regulation is put in to place when solid, helpful tools like the Axon II are introduced and proven.

Matthew Berens

Director of Sales

Advanced Clinical Products

Pain Management Epidemic

In a recent article in USA Today, Dr. Kevin Pho addresses the increasingly large pain epidemic.  Citing a report from the Institute of Medicine, Pho notes that 116 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, requiring $635 billion in treatment costs, affecting more people than those with cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined.

Pain is a daily issue for patients and doctors.  In the article Dr. Pho calls out  medical schools for only having 5 of 133 institutions requiring any pain management courses, which translates into a lot of primary care/internal medicine doctors dealing with pain without first having any formal training.  Newsweek published a peer-reviewed study in 2007 stating that 40% of patients seek medical attention because of pain.  Of those, 43% will become chronic.  If this is true, with 4 out of 10 patients walking in to their Dr’s office complaining of pain, better diagnosis and treatment are needed.

I agree with Kevin Pho. There needs to be regulation of highly addictive pain medicine and required pain management education for all physicians.  But more importantly, there needs to be a reformation in how physicians are localizing the source of a patients’ pain, and what options for treatment they are providing them.  For instance, most physicians prescribe EMG or MRI as a first line of diagnostics for pain, but neither test can pinpoint anything regarding sensory pain fibers, the ‘anatomical billboards’ for where pain is coming from.

The only FDA approved device that can do this on the market is the PAIN NCS (Axon II).  A device like the Axon II takes 15 minutes to pinpoint nerve pathology, locate specific nerves involved with chronic pain as well as nerves associated with Fibromyalgia pain.  It’s a test so easy to perform, it could, and should, be a standard piece of equipment in every physicians office.

With regard to prescribing treatment, there are options.  Prescribing Opioid is usually the first course of action because of usually quick acting results.  A lot of physicians are now  using Electrical Stimulation, a non-drug approach, as a front-line approach to pain management.  The HakoMed ProElecDT 2000 uses patented Horizontal Therapy to provide patients with pain relief from arthritis, chronic pain and acute inflammation.  It only takes 5 minutes for the physician to set up a patient and runs for 50 minutes. Studies have shown an immediate decrease in pain within the first treatment for over 25% of patients.

With devices like the Axon II and the HakoMed ProElecDT 2000, doctors should be taking the responsibility of not only increasing their pain management education, but also increasing their diagnostic and treatment capabilities.  When 40% of your daily visits relate to pain, primary care and internal medicine unavoidably become pain management as well.

Matthew Berens

Director of Sales

Advanced Clinical Products

Saving Time and Money With the Axon-II

In the recent article by Kevin Pho, MD, Defensive medicine accounts for 20 percent of MRI scans and x-rays, he reviews a study where orthopedic surgeons admit roughly 20% of ordered images for a patient are primarily for a ‘defensive’ purpose.   The study shows 70% of the ‘defensive’ images were conventional x-rays, while only 25% were MRI scans.  Although just one quarter of the images were MRI’s, they accounted for 75% of the costs.

Without getting into the discussion of validating defensive medicine, it’s clear that there are new and more accurate technologies for patient diagnosis available.  For example, a patient in pain showing signs of nerve pathology could have a 15 minute test done with an Axon II Neural Scan in any Primary Care/Internal Medicine office.  Ruling in or out a nerve issue makes a significant impact on the next step, as well as avoidance of costly and timely tests like EMG and MRI.  Using machines like the Axon II will save patients time and money, and decrease unnecessary medical costs in the medical industry as a whole.

Matt Berens

Sales Director

Advanced Clinical Products

(For more information on the Axon-II or to make a purchase, please call 877-646-3300.)

ASA Revisions

As KevinMD reports, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) recently revised its Statement on Interventional Pain Medicine. These new guidelines will help provide better care and safety when dealing with patients who suffer from pain. It will also help when administering tests dealing with blood pressure.

One safe and effective way to help diagnose pain is with the Axon-II Neural Scanner. This device provides an affordable, reliable (95% + accurate) and highly reimbursable method of pain testing that can easily be administered by any medical personnel.

For more information on the Axon-II, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.

Dangers of MRI Overuse

As KevinMD reports, the overuse and prescription of MRI is seen in many cases with primary care, internal medicine and most other medical practices that don’t feel there is an adequate, accurate tool in their office to diagnose the problems with their patients’ pain.

Pain Fiber NCS testing through the Axon-II Neural Scanner is an affordable, reliable (95% + accurate) and highly reimbursable method of pain testing that any medical office can easily administer and interpret. Avoid expensive and potentially harmful MRI overuse through this simple and easily administered testing device.

For more information on the Axon-II, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.

Is Pain the Fifth Vital Sign?

Axon IIThis article provides an in-depth description of the difficulties encountered when using pain as a vital sign. Medical Device Depot sells a device that can help physicians in all specialties diagnose nerve pain.  The Axon II is a device that performs pain fiber diagnosis, is over 90% accurate, and is highly reimbursable.

For more information on the Axon II, call 877-646-3300 or visit www.medicaldevicedepot.com.