There may be an end in sight for those suffering from acute and chronic pain conditions. And workers' compensation/PIP insurers may stand to benefit in a very big way. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist, Dr. Anna Lee, has developed and perfected what she calls, “Automated Intramuscular Stimulation or A-IMS.” Dr. Lee explained, “As a chronic pain patient myself, I was introduced to Intramuscular Stimulation or IMS during my residency at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.” She continued, “Because of the surprisingly effective results that I experienced personally, I decided to dedicate my medical career to perfecting and promoting this form of treating pain.”
At that time, IMS was done manually, consisting basically of a dry needling procedure to elicit Local Twitch Responses or LTRs from a targeted muscle. In this way, an acupuncture needle is inserted into the muscle and then moved in a gentle piston-like motion until a “twitch response” is obtained. The twitch response is a sudden contraction of the muscle followed by its immediate relaxation. It is this LTR that relaxes the muscle and relieves pain.
Dr. Lee said, “However, the constant back and forth hand manipulation of the needle that the procedure required became tiring and even painful for the practitioner.” More importantly, the twitches that the manual IMS method was able to generate were sparse and weak, a fundamental problem with this method, and the result often criticized as ineffective. “As I commented this dilemma, my husband, Dr. Young Lee, a professor of chemical engineering, was able to invent a small, easily manageable device capable of automating the process,” Dr. Lee explained. “This not only ended the problem of the procedure being manual, but with the device, I was able to obtain much more frequent and significantly stronger LTRs which are the key to much faster pain relief. The automated IMS (A-IMS) now became extremely effective in resolving pain for almost all of my patients.”
Geoffrey Algmin, a patient of Dr. Lee's and pain management professional from the workers' compensation and PIP sector said, “I suffered with sciatica for three years and it was growing progressively worse. It was impossible to walk any distance without pain and standing would become painful after a short while. It was difficult to concentrate or focus at work. Following the first treatment, my back pain had almost completely disappeared and the pain in my leg had improved significantly. It was miraculous.” He added, “I immediately thought of the potential cost containment benefits for the workers' comp and PIP sectors. I believe that it is perfect for both chronic and acute pain conditions. With the billions of dollars being spent by workers' comp insurance carriers, TPAs and self-insured employers on acute and chronic pain patients, corresponding cost savings through the reduction of injections, physician visits, EMGs, the over dependence on opioids, etc., (it) could be game changing.”
Dr. Lee agreed, and said, “We have already treated many patients suffering from a variety of painful conditions such as sciatica, fibromyalgia, herniated or bulging discs, and pain affecting all parts of the body, all with a great degree of success. Now with the approval by the FDA, the potential for A-IMS is very promising and we are looking forward to promoting its use for everyone suffering from musculoskeletal pain conditions.”
ABOUT DR. LEE
Dr. Lee's medical practice is the Bergen Pain & Rehab Clinic in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. She can be contacted at email@example.com. Her website is www.bergenpainandrehab.com.
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