New Research on Quell Wearable Pain Device

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Results from a large study indicate that a wearable pain device named Quell, manufactured by the NeuroMetrix company, brings significant pain relief to people living with chronic pain, including those with fibromyalgia. According to company president Shai N. Gozani, MD, PhD, “We are pleased that the results of this huge, real-world study of Quell effectiveness has been published. The findings confirm that Quell provides valuable incremental pain relief to many individuals with chronic pain.”

Quell is a lightweight band that wraps around the upper calf. From there, it accesses the central nervous system and sends pulses to the brain that trigger the body’s own natural pain blockers. According to the manufacturer, “Quell is designed for people with back pain, arthritic pain, nerve pain, leg and foot pain, and more.” It can be used both during the day and during sleep.

In the new study researchers tracked 713 Quell users for 60 days. The subjects used the device for an average of 35 hours a week. Nearly all suffered pain in the back or legs, or both, and about three-quarters reported pain in the upper body. More than 25 percent had fibromyalgia. The results showed that Quell was effective in reducing the effect of pain on activity and mood in nearly half the users (48.7 percent). The longer a wearer used the apparatus, the more likely that person was to feel relief. The Quell device has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use without a prescription.

Want to learn more about devices for pain relief? Read “Drug-Free Pain Relief Through Spinal Stimulation,” “How Biofeedback Can Help Relieve Pain,” and “FDA Clears Upgraded Quell Wearable Pain-Relief Device.”

Joseph Gustaitis is a freelance writer and editor based in the Chicago area.

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