For those experiencing chronic pain you may find yourself taking pills day after day.
But one device is hoping to change that by offering drug-free pain relief.
“Nothing worked, I was miserable. I was pretty much stuck in the house, couldn’t do… couldn’t even walk really,” Tom Gerner said.
In late 2016 Gerner injured his back playing racketball. He met with multiple doctors, tried various medications, and even received cortozone shots to treat his pain.
“I was taking Aleve, ibuprofen, a lot of it. And then I read somewhere how bad that was for you, and it scared me. And then this got me off of all that,” Gerner said.
In 2018 Gerner learned about a portable device called the Oska Pulse, meant to treat pain through pulse electromagnetic waves. A year later, and his pain is nearly eliminated.
“It’s applied to the body part, the dosage and the timing is up to you and your physician but it is used on a daily basis in a pulsed fashion,” Tim Donelan said.
Donelan, with Sanford Health Plan, says the device reduces inflammation and modifies some of the pain receptors intensity, resulting in pain relief.
“You can get it through your physician for pain indications whether it be acute or chronic, we’re focusing more on the chronic based conditions,” Donelan said.
He says the device will later be available without a prescription as well.
The device can be put in a pocket or strapped on a waistband to help patients alleviate their pain.
“We’re using it in the context where, maybe some medicine is used briefly but over time there’s substantial reduction in pain medication use with these types of techniques,” Donelan said.
While the pulses from the device are so small patients won’t even notice them, they will notice the pain relief. On a scale of 1 to 10, Gerner says his back pain went from a 12 to a 4 with the help of the device.
“It has been a blessing. It never leaves my body and it has just been amazing,” Gerner said.
He says it’s as simple as charging the device over night and throwing it in his pocket during the day. Without it, he’s not sure he would be able to live an active life.
“It’s been… amazing,” Gerner said.
To find out more on the Oska Pulse, click here.