Time for a new pain-relieving algorithm?

 
 
 

Millions of Americans thankfully maintain reduced pain through on-going medications and interventions.

Each pain specialist has their own professional perspective. Guidelines and protocols work statistically in hopes that the person will respond to each escalating treatment. Side effects frequently put an end to the attempts.

Do you wish that you could improve the lives of one more patient and their family each day?

 
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Thanks!

 
 
 

What happens to people with pain that won’t quit?

 

Did Silicon Valley thinking break the treatment-resistant pain barrier?

Silicon Valley thinking for developing autonomous cars is all about real-time observations and feedback for control. The SV quest to maintain Moore’s Law brings you ever faster, cheaper computers. Do you know that IBM’s quantum computers may someday bring pain relief via AI to mainstream medicine? Can your patients wait that long?

PhotoMed’s team thought, why not apply Silicon Valley problem-solving methods to end chronic pain?

PhotoMed’s team of nerdy engineers developed an algorithm for pain specialists. To name a few; anesthesiologists, physiatrists, neurologists, and neuroscientists.

The team asked questions. A basic answer emerged. Homeostasis is stuck out of balance.

They asked, Can PhotoMed’s device and algorithm prompt the body to resume homeostasis?

Today, operators run the PhotoMed’s algorithm using the Vari-Chrome® Pro and watch the return of homeostasis.

Can electronic imaging tell a new story?

Take-home ultrasound fetal monitoring videos started an electronic imaging revolution. Real-time images tell a story that everyone’s waiting to see.

Cold limbs form symptoms of many dreaded disorders. To name a few; complications of diabetes, complex regional pain syndrome, and “we don’t know…”.

Thermal imaging videos show the temperature of skin as the body resumes its normal functions.

Watch what the operator sees. (Time is compressed: 15 minutes = 11 seconds.)

 

Thermal imaging shows a man's hands warming in response to a single application of therapy according to PhotoMed's algorithm. The operator observed warming and did not need to apply therapy a second time. (Lighter gray is warmer.)

 

Robert (not his real name) waited 30 years for his uncomfortably cold hands to warm as did his friends. PhotoMed’s algorithm prompted his hand thermostat to reset to “comfortable”. Homeostasis kept them comfortable. What was the evidence for the return of homeostasis?

Figure 1  - Thermal imaging shows a warming response over a 10-minute period to a single stimulation by PhotoMed’s therapy. The body, not the therapy, determines the timing and magnitude of the return toward normal function. Lighter gray is warmer.

Figure 1 - Thermal imaging shows a warming response over a 10-minute period to a single stimulation by PhotoMed’s therapy. The body, not the therapy, determines the timing and magnitude of the return toward normal function. Lighter gray is warmer.

His hands remained comfortable for more than a year in the absence of therapy. Credit for maintaining benefit goes to the body and not the therapy.


Who might benefit?

PhotoMed’s algorithm aims to restore innate functions;

  • Sensation

  • Movement,

  • Thermoregulation

  • To restart wound healing.

Your patients can show you their functional improvements during the visit.

Caution: restoring sensation in feet lost to diabetes doesn’t affect the disease. Hopefully, your patient can safely get more exercise. Non-invasive physical therapy devices only prompt the body to do what it should have done before.


Here is a link to a partial list of disorders that responded to PhotoMed’s algorithm.

 

Does PhotoMed’s algorithm work for every type of pain or impairment?

Of course not.

But helping 1-in-3 real-world people with treatment-resistant pain is a whole lot better than zero. That’s where PhotoMed’s algorithm shines. (Pardon the pun.)

 
Figure 2  - PhotoMed’s algorithm works after previous attempt failed. A physiological response marks precisely when the body responds.

Figure 2 - PhotoMed’s algorithm works after previous attempt failed. A physiological response marks precisely when the body responds.

 

When the therapy doesn’t work, besides disappointment, there are no side effects.

What’s more, you’ll know that the therapy fails:

  • Within two visits

  • For 2 cents worth of electricity.



Is the algorithm easy to learn?

The algorithm’s “try something different” logic is the same as for invasive interventions, but a 1000x faster. Objective feedback, in seconds to minutes, lets the operator converge on relief for the individual patient.

Figure 3  - With single wavelength devices, there is only one wavelength to try and try again. With the  Vari-Chrome® Pro , the operator has 282 wavelengths to choose from. Pre-programmed settings can automatically vary the wavelength to efficiently find ones that work for the patient.

Figure 3 - With single wavelength devices, there is only one wavelength to try and try again. With the Vari-Chrome® Pro, the operator has 282 wavelengths to choose from. Pre-programmed settings can automatically vary the wavelength to efficiently find ones that work for the patient.

 

Want to record events that others think impossible?

Silicon Valley thinking focuses on gathering detailed data that will bring future value. (Let’s not think about how many ways…)

The Instant Feedback System™ brings value to your clinic when:

  • Running PhotoMed’s algorithm

  • Patients share their own story with recorded imaging

  • Patients allow researchers to examine new phenomena



Figure 2  - The  Instant Feedback System ™ enables small clinics to achieve outcomes previously thought impossible. Thermal imaging provides feedback for restoring normal skin temperatures. monochrome camera for documenting fresh exudates entering wounds, and a USB camera (not shown) for recording improving sensory and motor functions. Semi-automated questionnaires and narrative collection let the operator focus on the patient.

Figure 2 - The Instant Feedback System™ enables small clinics to achieve outcomes previously thought impossible. Thermal imaging provides feedback for restoring normal skin temperatures. monochrome camera for documenting fresh exudates entering wounds, and a USB camera (not shown) for recording improving sensory and motor functions. Semi-automated questionnaires and narrative collection let the operator focus on the patient.

 
 
 
 

Why didn’t someone think of this before?

For 150 years, practitioners used different wavelenths to benefit their patient’s different disorders.

Today, red and IR dominate. That’s a loss for patients with disorders that resolve with other colors.

Does the patient care which wavelength prompted their relief or restored function?

 

PhotoMed’s team wondered, is it one, two, or a sequence of wavelengths that might prompt the body to resume homeostasis?

Silicon Valley’s quest for speed inspired PhotoMed’s algorithm. Why not vary the wavelength during therapy?

Only the Vari-Chrome® Pro varies the wavelength during therapy.

 
 
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You can rent or purchase a Vari-Chrome® Pro or Instant Feedback System™.

People in pain are waiting.


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