This is our first CuraLase blog. It is an incredible journey we are on, and we want to share our stories with you. We want to share with you patient stories, the latest updates with our technology, and advances in the field of CuraLase laser pain relief. It is an exciting time to be on the cutting edge of paradigm shifting care!
The more people that know and understand what we do, the more people we can help. Pain in the United States costs the country approximately $365 billion per year, twice as much as heart disease, the number one killer of Americans. Pain consumes us and takes us out of the game. It keeps us from living life fully. Here at CuraLase we help people get their lives back. Pain stops ruling them, and they begin to rule their pain—some of them for the first time in years.
We hope to share success stories with you and bring you along in our journey. We are on a quest to relieve pain in a safe and effective way with lasting results.
Our first story is about a young man who came to us with severe pain in the leg and difficulty walking after a surgical complication where he suffered sciatic nerve damage. In fact at the young age of 22, our patient came in with a walker. He was told by his physicians that the nerve damage from which he suffered would take time to heal and may not improve at all. What they could offer was traditional medicine: a pain medication, Neurontin, and a nerve conduction study. The study would help diagnose the specific nerve damage but would do nothing for treatment. The Neurontin might take the edge off the discomfort but did have side effects.
When I saw the patient for evaluation, I had not seen such an extensive case of nerve damage. The patient had been using a walker since the injury eight weeks prior, and his spirits were low. I decided to use a peripheral neuropathy protocol and advised the patient and family there were no guarantees but that we hoped to relieve his discomfort. We did not discuss the possibility of walking again without a walker as we are FDA cleared to treat pain, so I thought we could make a difference with his pain. We secretly hoped we could help him with his strength.
We began treatment immediately. He was young and desperate to be better. He had walked into his surgery just eight weeks prior and woke up unable to walk. His life was ever changed. Within a week of starting CuraLase treatment, our patient had some increased strength and decreased discomfort. We were cautious but hopeful that we were on the right path! For the first time in weeks the patient felt a glimmer of hope. As the weeks of therapy progressed, he became stronger and stronger. At the time of the final treatment, the patient came to me for his exit without his walker! We all had tears in our eyes as he walked out of the door of our clinic that last day with no assistance. His pain was relieved, he was walking, and he had his life back.
It was nothing short of a miracle for this doctor to witness—no negative side effects and a happy patient walking out of our office with hope, every step a reminder of the pain-free future ahead of him.