If you have neuropathy, our Center can help!
- State-of-the-art diagnostic testing to get to the root cause of your problem
- Treatments for numbness and pain, often without medication
- Help for impaired balance
David Saperstein, MD
I have been taking care of patients with peripheral neuropathy for over 20 years. Unfortunately, rather often the previous care of their neuropathy has not been ideal. Often patients with neuropathy are not given adequate information about their condition and are told not much can be done. Sometimes patients do not have neuropathy or they do not have the type with which they have been diagnosed. Some patients are not treated when they should be and others are treated with therapies that will not help their neuropathy.
In response, I have harnessed my experience in diagnosing, treating, and researching peripheral neuropathy to create the Neuropathy Institute at the Center for Complex Neurology. Here my team and I will employ state-of-the-art techniques to make the most accurate diagnosis and implement the most effective and creative treatments. Better answers. Better solutions.
Board-certified in neuromuscular medicine.
Board-certified in Clinical Neuromuscular Pathology.
Trained in performance and interpretation of nerve biopsies
Personally interpreted over 50,000 biopsies of small nerve fibers
Neuropathy refers to any condition that results from damage to nerves. This can occur from injury, toxins, medications or diseases, such as diabetes. A large percentage of the time the cause for a person’s neuropathy cannot be determined. Neuropathy often causes numbness and pain in the limbs. Sometimes there is weakness or loss of balance.
Other conditions can resemble neuropathy so correct diagnosis is key. Testing options include nerve conduction studies, electromyography (EMG), ultrasound, nerve biopsy and, in some cases, skin biopsy to look at the small nerve fibers in the epidermis.
It is important to determine the cause of someone’s neuropathy so the right treatment can be administered. Unfortunately, many neuropathies cannot be fixed and management involves treating symptoms, such as pain. It is especially important to identify cases were a person’s own immune system is attacking their nerves because there are therapies to treat to this (see CIDP).
For neuropathy treatments, visit The Neuropathy Institute at the Center for Complex Neurology.
A unique pain therapy device
A technologically advanced solution for chronic pain management. This device has been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), drug-resistant chronic neuropathic and cancer pain, having long-lasting effects — an important benefit for both patients and their physicians.
The Calmare® device is a U.S. FDA 510(k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified pain therapy medical device for the non-invasive treatment of chronic neuropathic and oncologic pain. Treatment using the Calmare device avoids the harmful, adverse side effects and addictive properties linked to narcotic pain killers.
The Calmare device has been used to successfully treat over 4,000 patients worldwide, where it has been shown to be effective in treating neuropathic and oncologic pain. Conditions treated include:
The device, with a biophysical rather than a biochemical approach, uses a multi-processor able to simultaneously treat multiple pain areas by applying surface electrodes to the skin. The device creates and sends a no-pain signal which becomes the dominant signal received by the brain, thus overriding the pain signal and providing relief for the patient.
In honor of the technology’s Italian inventors, CTI chose to call this medical device “Calmare”. Translated from Italian, “calmare” means “to soothe or ease.” Treatment utilizing the Calmare device can ease the suffering that patients endure from debilitating pain.
The Calmare® platform is highly effective in the treatment of pain and has long-lasting effects, an important benefit for both physicians and their patients. Clinical studies have shown that the technology successfully reduces pain in more than 80 percent of treated patients without the adverse side effects commonly associated with drugs, therefore providing patients with a markedly improved quality of life.
Due to the manner in which Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment operates, the following should be considered as possible exclusions:
The Calmare® device uses a biophysical rather than a biochemical approach. A ‘no-pain’ message is transmitted to the nerve via disposable surface electrodes applied to the skin in the region of the patient’s pain. The perception of pain is cancelled when the no-pain message replaces that of pain, by using the same pathway through the surface electrodes in a non-invasive way. Regardless of intensity, a patient’s pain can often be completely removed for immediate relief.
Maximum benefit is achieved through follow-up treatments. The patient may be able to go for extended periods of time between subsequent treatments while experiencing significant pain control and relief. The period of time between treatments depends on the underlying cause and severity of the pain in addition to other factors.