If you’re suffering from chronic knee, hip or back pain it can be complicated to treat, as well as time consuming and often certain medicines can be non-effective long term.
Chronic back pain is one of the most common complaints which can affect different areas in the back. These include the cervical, lumbar, thoracic areas and sacroiliac joints. Back pain can be debilitating and affect a patient’s quality of life, so finding the right treatment is important.
Chronic knee pain is also common, generally in older patients and those suffering from osteoarthritis. It’s one of the most widespread diseases, affecting almost 20 million adults in the USA and can cause a huge amount of stress and reduced mobility for patients. As with chronic back pain, the patient’s quality of life is reduced as osteoarthritis damages the tissue that covers the end of bones in the knee joint, forcing the bones to rub together causing pain and stiffness in and around the knee area.
What are the treatment options for chronic pain?
There are many options for reducing and managing pain for patients, however often these only provide a short-term relief. These include:
- Corticosteroid injections – these often only provide minimal pain relief. There are also side effects which can occur such as infection and thinning of the skin around the injection site.
- General pain relief – paracetamol and ibuprofen can be used to help ease the pain on a short-term basis.
- Surgery – knee replacement surgery may be right for some people but not for everyone and is obviously an invasive treatment option.
But there is another option that isn’t as invasive and is a far more long-term solution for pain relief and it’s called Coolief Cooled Radiofrequency Treatment (CRF).
What is Coolief?
Well, the original radiofrequency (RF) treatment was introduced to help patients deal with chronic pain in their knees, back and hips. Using RF, medical professionals could stop nerves sending pain signals to the brain for around three months.
But now pain relief has changed for the better. Coolief cooled radiofrequency is an innovative update of the conventional method that gives patients relief from pain for much longer. It also takes much less time to administer.
This non-surgical procedure gets to the source of pain and stops it before it can impact the patient. Thermal radiofrequency energy is transmitted through a small probe heating the tissue directly to stop the nerves causing pain.
The medical development with cooled RF is water is circulated through the device while it treats an area of tissue around five times larger than with the old, out-dated original RF method. Cooled radiofrequency is much more precise, allowing your doctor to target the correct nerves with greater flexibility.
Is Coolief safe?
In 2016, a clinical study showed that Coolief was safe and provided higher levels of pain relief for far longer periods than cortisone injections. Then in 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Coolief as the first radio frequency treatment specifically designed to relieve chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis.
What are the benefits of Coolief?
Coolief is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure designed to provide extended pain relief for up to two years. It’s also quick to administer and can treat larger areas, providing crucial pain relief on complex spine anatomy.
As it’s a non-surgical procedure, it can provide pain relief for people who wouldn’t be able to have surgery due to medical conditions such as diabetes, being overweight, or other surgical complications.
With no need for invasive and expensive surgery or a reliance on pain meds, Coolief cooled radiofrequency treatment could change your life.
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Dr Ralph Rogers MD PhD MBA is a consultant in Regenerative Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, frequently appearing in the media offering his expert opinion on many high-profile medical topics. Dr Rogers is well respected and constantly investing in new and innovative pain relief treatments for his patients.