Gradient Medical launches Quadrabloc, a wearable pain relief solution
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — 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, the company announced Thursday. With the commercial release of Quadrabloc by Gradient Medical consumers have an effective treatment option for pain that does not require a prescription from a medical professional.
"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 pain management options for consumers," Barry Hix, Quadrabloc spokesman, said. "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 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.
"The release of Quadrabloc represents an important milestone in the management of pain," stated Brad Worthington, chief medical officer Gradient Medical. "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. Suggested retail price ranges from $195 (Quadrabloc Discs) to $225 for the back belt and multi-purpose pad.