CES Dispatches: Pain-Relieving Device for Diabetic Neuropathy


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(Quell[TM] Wearable Pain Relief Device [Photo: Business Wire])

Quell, a device that can relieve chronic pain in people with conditions such as diabetes, sciatica, and fibromyalgia, was unveiled this week at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), taking place in Las Vegas from January 6–9.

Roughly 60% to 70% of people with diabetes have some form of the often painful condition[1] neuropathy (nerve damage), according to[2] the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, and surveys of people with diabetes reflect rates of chronic pain[3] ranging from 20% to 60%.

Created by NeuroMetrix, Quell is lightweight, wearable device that uses noninvasive neurostimulation technology to reduce chronic pain. The device, which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use without a prescription, can be worn both during the day and at night, and users will have the option of using their smartphone to track and personalize their pain treatment.

“Recent studies have shown that chronic nerve pain dramatically reduces the quality of life in people with diabetes,” notes Shai N. Gozani, MD, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of NeuroMetrix. “We believe that Quell may help many of these people reclaim their life from chronic pain.”

Quell is expected to be available for purchase by consumers later this year.

For more information, see the press release[4] from NeuroMetrix.

Endnotes:
  1. often painful condition: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/managing-diabetes/complications-prevention/coping-with-painful-neuropathy/
  2. according to: http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/neuropathies/
  3. reflect rates of chronic pain: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/managing-diabetes/complications-prevention/managing-chronic-pain/
  4. see the press release: http://www.businesswire.com/multimedia/home/20141229005293/en/#.VKwKzidCOwk

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Diane Fennell: Diane Fennell has been an editor at Diabetes Self-Management magazine since 2003. She is currently the Senior Digital Editor for Diabetes Self-Management E-News and DiabetesSelfManagement.com. (Diane Fennell is not a medical professional.)

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