12 Self-Managing Pain Relief Devices

Manage chronic pain with these portable or home-use remedies

Being able to self-manage chronic pain is a necessary task when trying to get through a typical day, whether at home, at work, or on-the-go. As FDA makes greater advances on digital health and software products, wearables, mobile apps for migraine and for low back pain, and other devices have become a reality for easy complementary treatment. When used in combination with prescribed medications or other forms of pain management therapy, devices may provide a welcome addition to your overall treatment plan. Despite the expense—these devices range from just over $100 to well over $10,000—portable and home medical devices may be a worthwhile purchase if you’re looking for better penetrative care compared to typical, over-the-counter treatments.

Ask your physician or physical therapist whether one of these self-managing, pain-relief devices may be right for your specific condition—he/she also may be able to help you with insurance coverage—and recharge your body today!

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Alpha-Stim (Electromedical Products International – Mineral Wells, TX)
The Alpha-Stim is a handheld, prescription-based electrotherapy device that delivers advanced Microcurrent Electrical Therapy (MET) directly to pain sites through a waveform. This unique waveform uses a highly refined current to provide non-invasive, sustainable pain relief and pain management. Treatment is quick and easy, providing lasting relief in minutes. Alpha-Stim can be used at home, work, or traveled elsewhere to provide pain-free relief. Two probes placed on either side of knees, shoulders, ankles, legs, and back sends a microcurrent through the body for pain relief. In combination with cranial electrotherapy stimulation (through ear clips), this device can also help to manage anxiety, insomnia and depression. Learn more here.
Price: $1,195 (requires a prescription; certain insurance companies cover the product)