Which disorders responded to PhotoMed’s algorithm?

 
 

400+ volunteers attended clinics and studies designed to identify disorders that might respond to PhotoMed’s non-invasive algorithm driven therapy. The studies included people who were not expected to improve. Many volunteers had years of care from PhotoMed’s advisory pain-specialty anesthesiologists and neurologists.

SKIP TO LIST OF DISORDERS THAT RESPONDED

What just happened? - Recording events in real time

For eons, people have recovered from horrible injuries without modern medicine. So one’s healing shouldn’t be a surprise. Years and previous failed attempts lowered everyone’s expectations towards zero.

It’s the “when” that makes PhotoMed’s examples feel like magic. Should it be surprising that the “when” is frequently marked by a flinch, gasp, or spontaneous exclamation?

Practitioners of many non-invasive therapies confirm the surprise but had no tools to record the event.

PhotoMed’s team wondered, why not add capabilities to record the next event of “when” something really cools happens?

PhotoMed’s team applied strategies from other industries to solve treatment-resistant pain and impairments.

Today, the Instant Feedback System™ and algorithm record events in real time to possibly connect dots among treatment parameters, physiological responses, and outcomes.

Figure 1  - The  Instant Feedback System ™ enables a solo practitioner to manage visits which include real-time recording of treatment parameters, physiological responses, and outcomes. The modular System is designed to manage studies in small clinics or in the field. Thermal imaging provides feedback from disorders that include signs of abnormal thermoregulation. The 4k - HDR mono camera records the entrance of fresh materials entering non-healing wounds. Use a USB camera (not shown) for capturing discoveries and for documenting sensory or motor testing.

Figure 1 - The Instant Feedback System™ enables a solo practitioner to manage visits which include real-time recording of treatment parameters, physiological responses, and outcomes. The modular System is designed to manage studies in small clinics or in the field. Thermal imaging provides feedback from disorders that include signs of abnormal thermoregulation. The 4k - HDR mono camera records the entrance of fresh materials entering non-healing wounds. Use a USB camera (not shown) for capturing discoveries and for documenting sensory or motor testing.

Preliminary findings

There were no side effects, other than disappointment, when the therapy didn’t work.

The new algorithm doesn’t work for everyone. However, improving function for about 1 out of 3 people is a lot better than zero.

Today, 2 visits are enough to learn if the therapy probably won’t work for the individual.

 
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Physiological responses and outcomes, when the therapy worked, puzzled PhotoMed’s advisors. Many volunteers arrived with multiple sites of pain and impairment. The team expanded the duties of the Instant Feedback System™ to simultaneously track progress of multiple disorders in the same person. The methods came out of Silicon Valley’s playbook.

PhotoMed’s team ultimately simplified the problem of too many clinical disorder and coding of their names. They organized the disorders by the symptomatically impaired function:

  • Sensory

  • Motor

  • Vascular / thermoregulation

  • Coordination among associated impaired functions.

Note that the definition of the pain experience does NOT require an “ouch” factor.

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines pain “as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.”

Partial List of Disorders that Responded within 2 visits

 
 

Sensory impairments

  • Loss of sensation in fingers or toes

  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN)

  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD)

  • Post-surgical pain

  • Post-chemotherapy pain

  • Neuropathy from other causes, such as stroke or spinal cord injury

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Sympathetically mediated (or maintained) pain, especially people who have benefited from a sympathetic nerve block or sympathectomy

  • Post-herpetic pain (shingles)

  • Phantom pain in limbs and reconstructed skin

  • Mirror-neuron synesthesia

 

Motor impairments

  • Loss of grip strength and movement

  • Lost range-of-motion

  • Loss of movement after stroke (therapy helps overcome acquired non-use)

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Muscle imbalance, i.e. scoliosis

  • Loss of coordination in gait & swallowing, and choreic movements from Huntington’s disease

 

Wounds

  • Restart non-healing wounds at any stage

  • Accelerate slow-healing wounds

  • Diabetic foot ulcers and loss of sensation

  • Venous stasis ulcers, bed sores

  • Improve scars, keloids

Thermoregulation

  • Abnormally cold or hot hands, with or without pain

  • Thermoregulation, gut, bowel, and bladder function after spinal cord injury

  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD)

  • Raynaud's syndrome

 

 
 

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Please share your story about your experience in a study using PhotoMed’s therapy and any improvements. Your follow-up information helps us understand how our therapy works for different disorders. You are welcome to ask questions through this contact form.