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.
Used 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.
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.
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 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.
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