Uses for RF Ablation Using COOLIEF*
This form of temperature treatment has been used to ease chronic nerve pain in several locations, including the lower back, knee, neck, and around arthritic joints. Chronic low back pain, in particular, is often related to nerve irritation that frequently results in radiating pain felt in the thighs, buttocks, hips, and legs. Radiofrequency ablation using COOLIEF* goes beyond the simple application of heat or cold with ice, gel packs, heat packs, and heating pads and targets nerves in a more direct way.
What It May Mean for Patients
For many chronic pain sufferers, frequent bouts of discomfort can make it difficult to perform daily activities. Patients who benefit from the procedure often enjoy increased mobility and a better quality of life. Recovery occurs fairly quickly and there’s no need for an overnight hospital stay. Pain relief is often experienced soon after affected nerves are soothed. The treatment may also:
- Allow patients to delay or avoid surgery
- Contribute to improved sleep as pain eases
- Lessen dependence on certain pain medications