Is it time for a new pain-relieving algorithm?

 
 
 

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

What happens to people with pain that resists treatment of any kind?

 

Has First-Principles thinking broken the treatment-resistant pain barrier?

Elon Musk discovered Aristotle’s way of thinking. He applied that way of thinking to making companies that implement Silicon Valley’s First-Principle:

  • Make everything faster and cheaper

 

Coming soon, increasing computing power will enable deep-learning algorithms to improve medical interventions. However, some things don’t change.

Medicine’s First-Principle:

  • ‘Primum Non Nocere’, ‘First, do no harm’ (Hippocrates)

 

Physiologist’s First Principle:

  • Living organisms strive to return to balance and their normal functions (homeostasis, if you prefer)

 

Since ancient times, practitioners of light-based therapies applied those First-Principles for the benefit of their patients.

One person has been specially recognized.  

 
 
 

In 1903, Danish Dr. Finsen was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine

Niels Finsen researched the curative properties of different colors.

Dr. Finsen found that no single wavelength worked for every disorder, just like medications. Finsen lacked the tools for testing each wavelength for what it might accomplish.

 
Figure 1  - Niels Finsen was awarded the 1903 Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Figure 1 - Niels Finsen was awarded the 1903 Nobel Prize in Medicine.



What can PhotoMed Technologies’ algorithm achieve?

PhotoMed’s team of nerdy engineers developed tools that would have fascinated Dr. Finsen. Imagine his delight when seeing physiological responses to different wavelengths in people with treatment-resistant pain.

It would take more than a century to answer one of Finsen’s basic questions.

Does it take one, two, or a sequence of wavelengths to help individual patients?

PhotoMed’s Instant Feedback System™ provides the first comparisons of the effects of different wavelengths in the same person during each visit.

Figure 2  - The Instant Feedback System™ provides relief for patients with treatment-resistant pain. Recordings in real time document the treatments, responses, and outcomes. Thermal imaging provides feedback to the operator to adjust the therapy during the visit. Researchers can revisit events that would traditionally be overlooked.

Figure 2 - The Instant Feedback System™ provides relief for patients with treatment-resistant pain. Recordings in real time document the treatments, responses, and outcomes. Thermal imaging provides feedback to the operator to adjust the therapy during the visit. Researchers can revisit events that would traditionally be overlooked.

 

PhotoMed’s Instant Feedback System™ provides one more tool for pain specialists to help their patients.

In studies, anesthesiologists and neurologists welcomed the tool’s low risk to the patient. They were excited by the outcomes. We don’t have a clue how the body manages its return towards normal functions.

The Instant Feedback System™ recordings connect-the-dots among:

  • Disorders

  • Wavelengths

  • Responses

  • Outcomes.

Future researchers can get a head start with data in the recordings.

Who will be the next Niels Finsen?

 

Don’t need electronic feedback? You can use the Vari-Chrome® Pro by itself.

 

PhotoMed’s therapy doesn’t work for everyone

Nothing does.

The current understanding of treatment-resistant pain is that nothing works. The pain specialist considers the escalating risk to the patient while planning the next intervention.

Unfortunately, testing interventions for possible relief leaves many with side effects that are worse than the pain. Now they have two, or more, problems that won’t quit.

 

PhotoMed’s Algorithm

We thank the 400+ people who volunteered to help develop PhotoMed’s algorithm. Volunteers typically arrived with multiple impaired functions. Each person participated with the hope, but not the expectation, of relieved pain. However, many were astounded by their improved functions and pain relief. See Figure 3.

 
Figure 3  - PhotoMed's algorithm aims to help people for whom Nothing Works to relieve pain or improve functions despite trying the best interventions available.

Figure 3 - PhotoMed's algorithm aims to help people for whom Nothing Works to relieve pain or improve functions despite trying the best interventions available.

 

Back to First Principles:

  • Besides disappointment, there are no side effects when the therapy doesn’t work

  • The return of normal function relieves the need for pain

  • Learn if it works, or not, in 2 visits for 2 cents worth of electricity.




Is there is more to this story?

Research in neuroscience, pain, physiology, and other fields.

During the first or second visit, observe, in real time, the:

  • Return of sensation lost to diabetes

  • Restart of wound healing

  • Return toward normal sensory, motor, vascular functions

  • Improved functions persist after therapy ends.

Of course, the patient or volunteer can still report their subjective pain level. However, that information typically arrives too late to make during-visit adjustment to therapy.

Exemplary cases suggest new areas for research and patient care.

An example, Robert (not his real name) had persistently uncomfortably cold hands for 30 years before his first test of PhotoMed’s algorithm. His hands warmed during each of three visits and remained comfortable for more than a year.

Figure 4  - 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 4 - 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.

Robert’s 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.

Click here for a partial list of disorders that responded to PhotoMed’s algorithm.

 
 

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