Transforming Pain Into Non-Pain
by Linda Sechrist After many years in the surgical suite as a board-certified anesthesiologist, Edmund C. Boese, M.D., co-owner of the Pain Care Clinic of Idaho, in Eagle, saw how much a patient’s life is compromised
by Linda Sechrist
After many years in the surgical suite as a board-certified anesthesiologist, Edmund C. Boese, M.D., co-owner of the Pain Care Clinic of Idaho, in Eagle, saw how much a patient’s life is compromised physically, emotionally and financially with the daily struggle of long-term pain. “The patients who come to our clinic many have lost hope from experiencing so many invasive procedures, surgeries and pain medications with little or no relief,” says Boese, whose practice includes proven alternative approaches for long-term pain relief.
In 2014, Boese also became certified in medical acupuncture, an emerging specialty integrating traditional Chinese acupuncture and other schools of acupuncture with Western medical training. He studied acupuncture at Harvard, UCLA and in Munich, Germany, and is certified in Chinese, American, Japanese, French, German and Korean traditions of acupuncture. “Medical acupuncture can only be administered by a certified medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy that is knowledgeable in various traditions of acupuncture,” says Boese.
In 2015, Boese and his wife decided to move back to Idaho from Wyoming to open a clinic that would integrate medical acupuncture with new and advanced medical technologies for longterm pain relief without surgeries or narcotics. The Pain Care Clinic of Idaho opened with medical acupuncture and the evidence-based, FDA-cleared Scrambler Therapy Technology MC-5A medical device as the premier modalities for treatment of long-term pain.
Scrambler Therapy is a non-painful electro-cutaneous therapy that blocks the transmission of pain signals by providing non-pain information to nerve fibers that have been receiving pain messages. “Consecutive treatments for an average of 10 days is required to teach the brain to recognize a normal self ‘no pain’ signal. Pain relief can be expected for three to six months or more, depending upon the underlying condition,” advises Boese. If pain returns, a short booster series of two or three treatments may be required. Scrambler Therapy Technology is being used in Europe and in major U.S. medical centers such as MD Anderson, Mayo Clinic and John Hopkins, as well as the military for all branches of service.
“I was very fortunate to be invited to Andrews Air Force Base to observe and learn about the various types of medical acupuncture treatments, the Scrambler and other medical technologies that were being used by the military. Scrambler Therapy can only be administered by a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy that is certified by the inventor, Giuseppe Marineo, Ph.D., in Rome, Italy, or by our clinic as a certified Scrambler Training Center of Excellence for the U.S.,” explains Boese.
The overall cost and demand for healthcare services for pain care, from a new study conducted by Pfizer Inc., rose in 2010 to $32,000 per year per patient. This cost represented outpatient visits, specialty consultations, testing and prescribed pain medications, primarily opioids, and equates to more than $87 per day per patient. “In comparison, a full course of pain treatment at the Pain Care Clinic of Idaho averages $5.25 per patient per day over the course of a year,” notes Boese.
“We are very proud to be able to provide long-lasting pain relief for our patients without invasive procedures or narcotics at one-tenth of such a cost. We have a caring and understanding staff. We want to be there for our patients and their caregivers,” enthuses Boese, who is also a certified instructor in Primordial Sound Meditation and certified in ayurvedic medicine by the Chopra Center, in Carlsbad, California. He has been a meditator for 47 years.
Edmund C. Boese, M.D., D.A.B.A., D.A.B.M.A. is the owner of The Pain Care Clinic of Idaho, located at 742 E. State St., Ste. 150, in Eagle. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 208-939- 3750 or visit PainClinicIdaho.com.