Due to the force and trauma of many car accidents, knee injuries are one of the most common forms of injury in crashes. It often leaves our clients with knee fractures, knee dislocation, sprains and strains, and torn cartilage. Although arthritis is not caused from the wreck, we often see that our clients need surgery due to the arthritis being aggravated by the injuries sustained.
There’s good news in 2017 for people suffering from pain caused by osteoarthritis. In June, Halyard Health announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new procedure, COOLIEF RF (radio frequency) thermal treatment. It is the first of its kind and only RF treatment to be cleared specifically to relieve OA knee pain. It is a minimally invasive and uses water-cooled technology to safely deactivate pain-causing sensory nerves. Unlike other alternatives which include surgery and use of opioid medication, this quick out-patient procedure requires zero anesthesia. The relief patients get can last almost two years.
Unlike surgery, COOLIEF requires no incision and you should be able to return home after the procedure. There can be some discomfort in the knee area, but it can be treated with over the counter medications.
The chronic pain resulting from osteoarthritis can be debilitating and a serious disability causing lost work time. It can make it hard to do many everyday activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, OA affects over 30 million adults in the U.S.
If you have been in an accident and are still experiencing significant knee pain, contact Friedman and Martin at 912-232-8500 for a free consultation.
To learn more about COOLIEF, please visit http://www.halyardhealth.com/chronicpain.