Quell Relief Wearable Pain Relief provides 100% drug-free pain relief.
I’ve been suffering from chronic pain since 1997. I had an ACL reconstruction surgery due to ripping my ACL completely in half. Less than a year later, I had a second ACL surgery on the same knee. The pain I deal with daily from arthritis and scar tissue build-up is absolutely miserable. I’ve been on a pain medicine regiment for years and it’s something I hate. I dislike the idea of taking pills to help take the edge off the pain in my leg. I’ve tried many alternatives like exercise, therapy, tens units, massages, and acupuncture therapy, but when the weather changes nothing seems to help.
Last year, a new product hit the market called Quell. Quell is what is known as a wearable intensive nerve stimulation (WINS) unit. It’s 100% drug-free and is designed to help manage chronic pain. The unit is designed to help with people who have chronic back, arthritis, nerve, leg, and foot pain. You can use it 24 hours a day including when you sleep and using it is actually quite simple. The system is a three-part wearable device. The first part is the Quell Device.
The Quell Device is the ‘brain’ of the system. It controls the strength of the current and communications via Bluetooth back to your smart phone. The device has a rechargeable battery that will run for an average of 30 hours on a single charge. There is also an accelerometer that monitors activity levels to determine the appropriate therapy level. The device will also help to measure your sleep patterns. Operation of the device is easy. You simply tap the button on the side to turn it on, hold it in to increase the intensity, tap it again to decrease the intensity, and tap the button four times to turn it off.
The second part of the wearable is the electrodes. The electrodes are reusable and it comes pre-packaged with two. This is actually the only consumable part of the system. The electrodes are meant to be used for approximately 2 weeks and then disposed of. At this time, you can only purchase the electrodes from Quell and they are not inexpensive. This is actually the only part of the system that I have a complaint about. While Quell does help with chronic pain (more on this later) AND use of it may decrease your need for other medication, there is an ongoing expense to using the Quell system because of the disposable electrodes. You can purchase replacements in 1 month or 3 month supply packs.
The third part of the system is the app. The app connects the Quell device to your smartphone and controls your therapy sessions. It records start and end times as well as showing battery life of the device and keeping track of when you should change your electrode. Personally, I would like to see more from the app than just viewing basic information. Since I’ve had experience with other wearable technology, I know that there is a lot more in-depth information that can be recorded. Right now, the Quell app only shows information like when your last session was and if your device needs to be charged. It’s a very basic surface view of information and doesn’t give you the option to interact to get a deeper dive into the data.
My hope is that in future updates, the app will also be able to tell you things like how well you slept, if your movement was down, maybe a built-in step tracker, etc. There is a lot that could be taken into account with tracking and maybe it could even be made to work with other wearables like the Apple Watch. That way the Quell device is still simply tracking your therapy, but the app pulls in data from the Apple Watch for heart rate, exercise, and general movements. I’m a big proponent of viewing information all in one place rather than having multiple apps that do the same job so, I’d love to see it take that kind of route.
Besides what I’d like to see from the app, I think it technically needs some work, too. There is a nice section built into the app for videos, but none of them work. Any time I tapped on a video to play it, I got a message saying, “This video is not available at this time.” Even though the app is fairly intuitive, I feel like it could be a little easier to navigate.
So, here’s the big question. Does it help?
As I described above, I’ve lived with chronic – sometimes excruciating – pain in my legs for many years. Regular therapies have not worked for me, but Quell has. My experience wearing the device has been varied. When I first tried it out, I was at CES. There, I was walking approximately 12 miles a day and the first time I tried it, I did not calibrate the device first and so, the app wasn’t controlling it properly. As a result, I ended up with a pretty bad rash on my leg. This was a user error and not the fault of the system. Over the last few weeks, I’ve worn Quell for long periods of time (entire days and nights) and have found that with continued use, it helps to ease the pain I feel in my bad leg. It really takes the edge off and while I can still feel that there is something there pain-wise, it’s tolerable and is more like a dull ache than stabbing, searing pain.
Therapy sessions run for 60 minutes at a time and the app (after you properly calibrate the device) varies the strength put out by the device so that your nerves are properly stimulated. After 60 minutes, there is a resting period of 60 minutes. This is much different than TENS units I’ve used in the past. Usually, they are manually controlled and only have a timer up to 20 minutes. It’s not bad for localized relief, but Quell really targets the nerve and ends up helping with relief throughout the body.
In conclusion, I would like to say that if you have chronic pain, Quell is a good option to help bring some relief. I can’t say that it will work for everyone or every type of pain, but for me, it has really worked wonders. Even though the product is a little over a year old, I think it could use some improvements with it’s overall infrastructure. I’d like to see the app provide more information to the user and would like to see reduced costs for the replacement electrodes. Other than that, the system is a great move forward in pain relief/therapy.
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