Study Shows that Quell Reduces Low Back Pain

May 24, 2018 • Xuan Kong

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In the US, low back pain is the second most common cause of disability in adults and nearly 25 percent of US adults report having had it at some point over any one-month period. For those with chronic low back pain (low back pain persisting for three or more months), there are few accepted treatments that do not involve prescription medication, manipulation, invasive procedures, or surgery. In a recent study conducted by Dr. Robert Jamison and his colleagues at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Pain Management Center, patients with chronic low back pain that used Quell showed a larger reduction in pain intensity than control subjects over 90 days.

Sixty-eight adults with chronic low back pain participated in the three-month clinical study, and were randomly divided into two treatment groups: those using Quell and a control group with “as usual” treatment. The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Pain Management Center researchers developed a pain app, which participants in this study used to record their pain levels and complete daily assessments throughout the duration of the study. This app allowed researchers to measure various factors including pain intensity, mood, sleep disturbance and activity interference.

Study participants using Quell to treat their pain demonstrated reduced pain intensity and pain related interference in their everyday lives. The researchers also found that those using Quell had improvements in pain-related disability and pain catastrophizing. This study underscores our belief that technology can make a positive impact for those living with chronic pain. Quell may be an option for those with chronic low back pain to consider.

Dr. Jamison presented the findings at the 9th World Congress of the World Institute of Pain in Dublin, Ireland in May 2018.

Learn more about how Quell has helped users with back pain – watch Jennifer’s story.

About The Author
Xuan Kong
Xuan Kong

Dr. Kong joined the company in 1999. In his role of Chief Data Scientist, he leads the company’s data science initiative by leveraging the data assets collected from Company’s products to deliver personalized and clinically optimized pain relief and health experience for customers. In addition, he provides leadership and technology contributions for the Company's basic research and product development functions. Xuan also manages the Company's intellectual property portfolio.

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