Medical experts of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that roughly 30 million Americans have Osteoarthritis—the most common form of arthritis. Specialists predict that the number of Americans suffering from Osteoarthritis to continue to increase. The age Americans continues to rise with breakthroughs in modern medicine. Along with the age Americans live, the weight of Americans and obese population also continues to rise. The extra weight that an individual carries greatly contributes to the likeliness and severity of the development of Osteoarthritis. Physicians sometimes refer to osteoarthritis using the term degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” arthritis. Osteoarthritis can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. Osteoarthritis can even result in disability. These changes usually develop slowly and get worse over time. Common treatments for Osteoarthritis include Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory medications, Opioids, Steroid Injections, and even surgery. These treatments options can pose great risk when used for prolonged periods. Opioids can have risks and unwanted side effects and a individual may not want to consider surgical intervention.
A minimally invasive treatment option targeting nerves that cause pain, AOA Orthopedic Specialists offers a solution called Coolief. Coolief cooled radiofrequency can bring nonsurgical relief to those suffering from Osteoarthritis knee pain, without the use of opioids. Radiofrequency ablation has shown increased popularity in treating Osteoarthritis knee pain due allowing orthopedic physicians to perform a minimally invasive, non-narcotic procedure that directly targets the nerves responsible for sending pain signals to the brain. The first and only radiofrequency treatment cleared by the FDA, Coolief offers relief from moderate to severe Osteoarthritis knee pain for up to two years.
How does Coolief work?
On average, the COOLIEF procedure takes less than an hour. The time that a COOLIEF procedure takes varies depending on the surgeon, the patient, and the treatment area. A minimally invasive procedure, the COOLIEF procedure does not require the patient to undergo general anesthesia. During a COOLIEF procedure, the COOLIEF-trained physician uses a radiofrequency generator probe to transmit a low current of radiofrequency energy. The charged molecules create friction, which leads to ionic heating. The heat deactivates the intended nerves which prevents the brain from receiving pain receptors. In turn, the patient does not feel pain.
What separates COOLIEF from other radiofrequency and noninvasive treatments?
The only FDA approved thermal radiofrequency treatment for knee pain in 2017, COOLIEF uses water-cooled technology. This water cooled technology allows COOLIEF-trained physicians to deactivate sensory nerves that physicians previously found difficult to treat due to their inability to safely reach them. Studies of COOLIEF showed that COOLIEF reduces or eliminates pain altogether for up to two years. The use of COOLIEF allows patients to relieve their pain without the need for opioids. Not only does COOLIEF offer patients pain relief without the use of opioids, but COOLIEF actually gives patients more pain relief and for much longer.
Recovering from a Coolief procedure
A conservative treatment option for Osteoarthritis of the hip, knee, and back, COOLIEF does not require any type of incision. Patients can return home on the same day following the procedure and can quickly resume normal daily activities. Each physician has their own individual protocol. Patients should always follow the instructions of their specific physician. A physician may recommend the patient participating in physical therapy to gain strength and learn how to activates muscle groups to remain living a strong, healthy, and happy life.