Quadrabloc™, a wearable device for the management of pain and discomfort associated with activity and aging, is now available for chronic pain sufferers and weekend warriors. With the commercial release of Quadrabloc (quadrabloc.com) by Gradient Medical Inc., consumers have an effective and safe treatment option for pain that does not require a prescription from a medical professional.
Quadrabloc relieves pain using patented, quadrapolar magnetic discs to block pain signals that originate in the sensory nerve fibers, which are located throughout the body and send pain signals to the brain. By placing Quadrabloc directly over the site of pain, Quadrabloc interrupts the pain signals to provide pain relief.
Currently, more than 115 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, making pain the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Many others suffer from pain that results from an active lifestyle. Dr. Brad Worthington, the chief medical officer for Gradient Medical and a board certified physician in pain medicine, critical care, and anesthesiology shared, «The release of Quadrabloc represents an important milestone in the management of pain. Despite the availability of over-the-counter and prescription treatment options, pain can be very difficult to treat because the pharmaceutical options are characterized by potentially harmful side effects. This is particularly true of opiates that have garnered widespread use.»
Quadrabloc is offered initially in three forms designed to integrate easily into the lifestyle of the user. The Quadrabloc Back Belt, which can be worn discreetly underneath apparel, is preferred by individuals with pain isolated to the low-back. The Quadrabloc Pad is designed for individuals seeking a versatile product appropriate for use in the shoulder, lower back and hip regions. The Quadrabloc Disc addresses localized pain that is contained in a small area of the body, such as the knee, neck, elbow, or wrist. The company plans to introduce specific garments for the head, wrist, and knee later this year.
Barry Hix, a medical device industry veteran responsible for launching multiple life science and medical device products into the pain management category shared, «Quadrabloc enters the market at a time when the pain management segment of the medical device industry is increasingly dedicating resources to over-the-counter (OTC) pain management options for consumers. However, unlike the recent medical device introductions for pain management, Quadrabloc delivers freedom from pain and, importantly, freedom from the tethers, cords, and chargers that limit the consumer’s ability to successfully integrate a medical device into their lifestyle.»
Quadrabloc can be purchased online at quadrabloc.com. The price ranges from $195 (Quadrabloc Discs) to $225 for the back belt and multi-purpose pad. The manufacturer is currently offering free shipping to consumers in the United States.
Quadrabloc is a wearable medical device for the management of muscular aches and pains associated with activity, aging, or following surgery. Quadrabloc relieves pain using patented, quadrapolar magnetic discs to block pain signals that originate in the sensory nerve fibers, which are located throughout the body and send pain signals to the brain. By placing Quadrabloc directly over the site of pain, Quadrabloc interrupts the pain signals to provide pain relief. Quadrabloc was originally developed in the Department of Neurology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
About Gradient Medical
Gradient Medical Inc., headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, is a pioneer in the field of leveraging the steep field gradients produced by a unique, quadrapolar magnet array to treat chronic and acute pain. The company’s research focuses on leveraging the power of static magnetic fields to effectively and safely treat a broad cross-section of conditions including chronic and acute pain, post-procedure dental pain, wound healing, and post-operative recovery. The company’s clinical program is also focused on developing low-profile, wearable products that can easily integrate into the lifestyle of the user.