ANODYNE THERAPY vs. INVASIVE TREATMENT for PAIN

Anodyne pad emitting infrared light to nerves for neuropathy

REMEMBER-This is what works for me.

Anodyne therapy was designed and marketed by Dale Bertwell and his brother George for injured horses, and was initially used on Kentucky Derby racehorses.  Although treatment proved successful, injured racehorses retreated to a retirement facility where they continued Anodyne therapy.  Later, the device was introduced to physicians of neuropathic medicine, and approved by FDA in 1994 to treat chronic pain in humans.  Today, only a few medical facilities use Anodyne therapy to boost circulation to area of body where there is peripheral nerve pain, stiffness, spasm, and acute pain.

Anodyne therapy contains Infrared lights embedded in pads that are placed on affected area.  Device is set to number relating to pain while emitting light to aid nerves in releasing Nitric Oxide (naturally occurs in the blood vessels) to improve circulation, relieving pain.  Anodyne therapy is painless, and does not require surgery, inpatient care, or oral medication.  One visit is thirty minutes, and there is no adverse reaction.  I was introduced to Anodyne therapy at Temple University Foot & Ankle Institute in 1996, to treat Heel Spurs caused by flat fleet, and wearing footwear lacking shock absorption.  Heel Spurs are sharp pains that pierce heels of feet during resting state.  There are many other causes for heel spurs: foot injury, uncontrolled diabetes, and neuropathy.

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Along with the treatment, I received custom-made orthotics, and analysis of my footwear collection.  The footwear culprit was a pair of Dansko clogs that slid up and down my narrow ankles, and a pair of flat shoes that did not absorb shock when walking.  In addition to Anodyne therapy, I was introduced to Rittenhouse Sports Athletics Specialties, an affiliate of Foot & Ankle Institute.

The cost of Anodyne therapy was a $25 co-payment per visit with insurance.  After four visits, the pain vanished.  Although treatment proved successful the Podiatrist suggested I invest in an Anodyne device incase the heel spurs returned, and insurance company refuse to cover more visits.  It was suggested I use the device briefly once a week at three half hour intervals every other day as a preventive measure.  After two months of research, the Podiatrist and I found a portable Anodyne therapy device. The Heel Spurs did not return, but I did developed peripheral nerve damage on the left hemispheres of my body as a result of hyperglycemia caused by steroids to treat pneumonia, arthritis from a fractured ankle and torn meniscus, and frozen shoulder.  Since 2005, I have used Anodyne therapy on my face, head, abdomen, shoulders, and knees.  Although, the neurologist called it hocus-pocus, I have witnessed improvement along with diet, aqua therapy, chair exercising, and wearing footwear geared toward activity.

Pros for Anodyne Therapy

1. Cost effective and portable

2. Use device on trial  and rental fee deducted from  total cost if you decide to buy

3. You can pay for device in installments

4. 1 yr. warranty-after 1 yr. company will repair or replace part for small fee

5. Improve circulation to nerves after 30 minutes of use 3 times/week.

6. Device turns off automatically after 30 mins., or you can control manually

7. Use for TMJ, stiffness, frozen shoulder etc.

8. Phone assistance available, and calls returned immediately

9. Non-invasive and no medication needed

10. No prescription needed, however one is necessary for  medical insurance and tax claims

12. Comes w/ case, adapter, pad and control settings

Cons of Anodyne Therapy

1. Insurance might reject claim

2. Physician might not have knowledge of Anodyne therapy or believe in it

3. Misuse of device can cause malfunction

4. Expensive, however, single pads are available ($500-800) as oppose to two ($900-$1200)

Flat feet & Heel Spurs discussed in detail

http://www.foot-pain-explained.com/flat-feet.html

http://heelspurs.com/index.html

http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/generalinfo2/a/heelspur.htm

Frozen Shoulder & Diabetes

http://www.diabeteshealth.com/read/2001/11/01/3425/ask-the-expert/

Diabetes Life discusses Anodyne Therapy

http://www.dlife.com/diabetes/information/complications/neuropathy/anodyne.html

What is Anodyne Therapy?

http://www.anodynetherapy.com/what_is_anodyne.htm

Anodyne therapy device Company

http://www.nirtherapy.com/

Rittenhouse Sports

1717 Chestnut Street

Phila., PA 19103

Karen (owner) of Rittenhouse Sports sells fashionable attractive footwear by Mephisto, Ecco, Asic, and Birkenstock etc. First, Karen suggests customer removes footwear to exam foot and gait.  Next, she introduces  footwear selections according to gait, and daily lifestyle.  Wearing shoes outside is recommended before buying, and if you are unsure of shoe width and size Karen will measure foot. Since in business  Rittenhouse Sports is Philly’s Best for eighteen years in Philadelphia Magazine.  Not only is Karen a knowledgeable sales person, she is an avid biker, runner, and volleyball player.  Last, Karen gives back to the community by accepting worn footwear to rebuild playground turf.

Footwear

Socks-cushioned/moisture absorbent (cotton/bamboo/rayon material)

Crocs- Insert orthotics and wear cotton socks. Never wear Crocs for causal walking, shopping, driving etc.

Exercise: walking,stretching, sweeping, aqua therapy, hula-hoop (www.sports-hoop.com), chair exercises, and playing with two active pets.

Buying footwear 1. try footwear after 5-6 hrs on foot to get true fitting 2. trace foot on white paper, then place footwear on outline. If shoe is narrower than outline this is not a good fit. 3. never allow sales person to bully you into buying footwear 4. If footwear is uncomfortable stretching shoe won’t help.

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/spices-and-herbs-health-benefits

http://www.dlife.com/diabetes/information/food_and_nutrition/top_10_anti_inflammatory_foods.html

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/nutrition/power-foods-for-diabetes/?page=1

Sleeping w/ injuries

Elevate head w/ 2-3 pillows

Situate pillows along back for comfort oe abdomen for comfort, and btw  knees

*Note: I use latex pillows and latex/rubber pillow top – easy to clean, and won’t attract odors, mites, bedbugs etc.

 

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