Click for a picture of the Infrex waveform as seen on an oscilliscope type device.  Wanted to brief you on what we are looking at here and more importantly why.

   One of the outstanding characteristics of the Infrex Plus over most other portable interferentials is the powerful output of the Infrex Plus.  One of the biggest benefits of Interferential treatments, over that of a typical tens unit , is the amount of relief one has after a treatment.  Generally a tens unit has no "carryover" pain relief while an interferential unit has carryover relief for hours, days or even weeks. 

       

               The Infrex Plus Operating Manual for download  
       One difficulty in many health facilities, is to remove and/or prevent odors. Hospitals have many issues related to this due to the blood, tissue, and other smells that accumulate when doing the day to day routines.   Wound care is one of those areas where the smell of the area and the patient is or can be psychologically devasting to the patient and the care givers.

    The March 10, 2008 issue of Forbes magazine has some interesting articles advocating for the use of specialty hospitals for such procedures as joint replacement, cancer, heart operations etc. The primary purpose of the article is to discuss the reduction of complications and the faster results obtained by having one facility and it's staff dedicated to one type procedure. The latest equipment and the training for that equipment is a benefit to the patient since the facility only does one type procedure and will have latest equipment to do it with.  - Check out our Mobile UV Sterilizer Video

          I wanted to share with you some of the information we are discovering about the new Infrex Plus prototype units.  The reason for sharing is we are entering a new area of self treatment for chronic pain with a modality that has been historically only available in the hospital or clinic.  We are creating new knowledge and experiences not previously known.  Now rather than drive to a treatment facility the patient can treat at home, work, or even while traveling

 Why does the distinction really matter on pain?  Pain is pain isn't it?


       No is the answer and the distinction matters as it relates many  times to whether the condition will be paid for by insurance or not.  Also pain can be a symptom as well as a diagnosis.  Chronic pain differentiates itself as a diagnosis simply because it is truly a symptom, not a diagnosis, but when the symptom can not be treated then it becomes the diagnosis.   Most diagnosis are for the underlying cause such as diabetes, arthritis, staph infection, or cancer.   The diagnosis allows treatment to begin for a known, not an unknown as chronic pain is.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is pain that last a long time. Some discomfort that has been going on for a long time.   
As an example Medicare, H.C.F.A., will pay for tens units rental and purchase only if the patient is suffering from chronic pain.  Chronic pain is defined by Medicare as pain for 3 or more months.   The essence of that requirement is to say that conventional treatments for the symptom of pain have failed and now the actual diagnosis of "chronic pain" is an admission that the symptom has become the diagnosis.   This is a rarity in medicine. 

Acute Pain   

Most pain, such as acute, is merely a symptom of an injury and as the underlying cause, example sprained ankle, is healed and rehabbed so the symptom of pain goes away.   The physician knows the reason for the symptom and treats or prescribes medications that allow the causative agent of pain to return to normal thus the pain goes away, ie the sprained ankle heals and all soft tissue damage is restored to normal.  

The Drawbacks of   Traditional Treatments

There is a growing dissatisfaction with the solutions offered by the medical community. Unfortunately for chronic pain many times the treatment such as surgery may exacerbate the pain or fails to remove the cause of the pain.   When that happens the patient may actually be prescribed mind altering medications that no longer allow the perception of pain to be felt but in many situations the pain impulse is there but the patient is now sleeping more, drowsy, or limiting activities due to the pain impulses.   It is at this point that many patients refuse more  traditional medical treatments such as muscle relaxant drugs, surgery, opioid derived pain meds and look for alternative means of pain control.  Generally speaking chronic pain requires the patient to  shield themselves from doing activities such as walking, working, or any form of exericse such as gardening because to do so exacerbates the pain.   As a result of the inactivity other parts of the patient's body are now inactive and the chronic pan becomes worse as now the inactivity has created more areas that are deprived of motion/movement and secondary pain issues evolve.  An example of secondary pain is the person who suffers from "chronic low back pain" and if improperly treated it often develops a secondary pain called "radiating sciatica".  The secondary pain, pain shooting down the leg, can often be corrected and eliminated but once done then the primary diagnosis "chronic low back pain" remains and much care must be taken to make sure the old "radiating sciatica" pain, acute now, does not return.

    Chronic pain is complicated and unfortunately the acceptance of the diagnosis iteself is an admission that to that point in time nothing has worked therefore the medical profession has admitted the cause can not be determined so the state of pain is declared permanent simply by allowing the diagnosis of a symptom to become the diagnosis.

  

  

     It is very common for any patient that is in chronic pain to experience acute muscle pain soon after beginning therapy with an Infrex unit, but this is good.   Here's why

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