About Neuropathy and Pain Centers of America
Robert H. Odell, Jr. is the owner and Medical Director of Neuropathy and Pain Centers of America in Las Vegas, NV. As a fellow of the Medical Scientist Training Program, he received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Stanford University in 1974 and his MD degree from Stanford in 1976. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at UCLA, and served as chief resident at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in 1982. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology (1983), American Academy of Pain Management (2001) and the American Board of Pain Medicine (2007) and a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice of the World Institute of Pain (2008).
Over the last several years, Dr. Odell has been working with some advanced electromedical devices which produce salutary effects for some of the most refractory pain management challenges. Treatment utilizes the Combined Electrochemical Block (CEB), which combines the clinical benefits of these Electronic Signal Treatment (EST) devices with interventional pain management techniques to produce dramatic patient outcomes in a wide variety of refractory neuropathic pain states, including low back pain, diabetic neuropathy, idiopathic neuropathy, failed spine fusion syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Dr. Odell is the first author on three significant papers in the electromedicine and pain management literature. The first, entitled Electroanalgesic Nerve Block: Theory and Case Reports ; appeared in Practical Pain Management in 2006; this paper provides an introduction to many of the techniques utilized in his clinic. The paper was written in conjunction with the developer of the technology behind the electrical devices exclusively utilized at Neuropathy and Pain Centers of America.
In 2008, Dr. Odell co-authored a focused review article which provides a link for the use of electricity in treating inflammatory processes. Entitled Anti-inflammatory Effects of Electronic Signal Treatment, this paper (Pain Physician 2008; 11:891-907; SSN 1533-3159) provides the theoretical framework for how this technology works. Inflammation is likely the source of many patient's chronic pain, whether spine, joint or neuropathic.
The cornerstone of treatment at New Vision is the use of local anesthesia along with the Electroanalgesia block. This technique is outlined in Dr. Odell‘s third paper, New Device Combines Electrical Currents and Local Anesthetic for Pain Management; Practical Pain Management (2011) 11 (6): 52-68.
Dr. Odell and his collaborators around the country are now working on several clinical studies which will assess the efficacy of the combined electrochemical block in real life clinical settings using double blind protocol.