Advances in the medical field happen every day and a new procedure is giving chronic pain patients hope that they can wake up without pain. You may be like millions of people who wake up to unrelenting, chronic back or joint pain. While medicine has greatly improved treatments for alleviating chronic pain, through procedures like joint replacement surgery, there are some circumstances in which you might still suffer from debilitating pain.
This is typically when physicians turn to pain management procedures, which can include a focus on the nerves where the pain is occurring. One innovative example of a minimally invasive treatment is COOLIEF™, which uses water cooled technology.
Minimally Invasive Pain Relief: A Procedure That Targets Nerves
Dr. Craig Lankford is a physiatrist on the referral line at Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center. He has been trained in a minimally invasive, non-opioid procedure called COOLIEF and has seen the benefits of this high-tech tool in the reduction of chronic pain.
“Radiofrequency ablation treatments are very straightforward and effective. With the COOLIEF procedure, a portion of nerve tissue is deactivated using water-cooled technology causing an interruption in pain signals to the brain resulting in a reduction of pain in that area,” said Dr. Lankford.
How Long Does Radiofrequency Ablation last?
If you are experiencing chronic pain, you may be wondering how long a radiofrequency ablation treatment can provide relief from chronic pain.
Literature tells us about a year. Basically, this is a function of how your body reacts to pain. The ablation current targets sensory nerves surrounding a painful joint. Your sensory nerves can repair and regrow, and many studies have shown that it can take as long as12 months for this to occur. Since there is no technology to prevent the nerves from growing back, the effects of the procedure can last for up to one year.
Am I a Good Candidate for Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment?
This treatment can be used for people suffering from chronic pain in the hip, knee or back. There are specific nerves in all of these areas that can be targeted in order to offer pain relief. If your pain is caused by the nerves in these areas of the body, you might be a candidate for this type of minimally invasive treatment.
You must also undergo a diagnostic injection. This will allow your doctor to ascertain which nerves are causing the pain. If your pain goes away, then you may be qualified for the COOLIEF treatment.
“The type of patient who will benefit from this procedure is someone who has chronic joint pain,” Dr. Lankford said. “In most cases, this is caused by degenerative joints resulting from knee, hip or back arthritis. This is typically a chronic, achy joint pain and stiffness in the spine, hip or knee.
“Patients who have continued to experience pain after physical therapy is completed or if they have these symptoms after taking pain relievers and anti-inflammatories such as Tylenol or ibuprofen and having a poor quality of life are good candidates for the diagnostic procedure and subsequent treatment. The research suggests there is about a 70 percent success rate, which results in patients cutting their pain by one-half.”
Get Relief from Chronic Pain
Modern medicine has evolved to the point where you don’t have to suffer constant pain. The patient navigator at Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center can connect you with participating specialists such as Dr. Lankford who are using state-of-the-art medical technology to help you get your life back!
Physicians who are members of the referral line practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center.