Non-Surgical Treatment for Knee Pain - Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation

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Published on April 04, 2022

Non-Surgical Treatment for Knee Pain - Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation

For many cases of arthritis of the knee, arthritis medications, corticosteroid injections and physical therapy may be helpful. Viscosupplementation injections, which aid in lubricating the joint, may aid in pain relief. In severe cases, a total knee replacement may be recommended.

Photo of Knee Illustration.However, there are many patients who are not able to have replacement therapy due to age, body mass index (BMI) or other health conditions, and others who may want to delay major surgery. For them, a new nonsurgical procedure performed at Bronson - cooled radiofrequency ablation treatment - may be an option for relief of pain caused by osteoarthritis in the knee. In this procedure, a thin needle is used to direct electric current to a small area of tissue to stop the nerve from sending pain signals.

*Knee image used with permission from Avanos Medical, Inc.

Benefits of Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation Include:

  • Pain relief. This minimally invasive treatment targets sensory nerves in the knee.
  • Studies have shown that 80% of the patients have experienced relief from pain for at least a year, some much longer.
  • Minimally invasive. There is no surgical incision, only a small puncture site for the injection.
  • Fast recovery time. Most patients can resume their normal activities within a few days after the procedure.
  • No hospital overnight stay. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, only, and for most patients, it can be done with mild sedation.

Cooled radiofrequency ablation for the knee is performed by Dr. Alan Halpern with Bronson Orthopedic & Joint Specialists – Turwill Lane, Dr. Mark Nikkel with Bronson Orthopedic & Joint Specialists - South Haven​ and Dr. Bruce Rowe with Bronson Orthopedic & Joint Specialists – John St. To schedule an appointment, call (855) 618-2676.

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