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Radio Waves Knock Out Knee Pain

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PITTSBURGH (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Doctors have used radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to reduce neck and back pain for years. An electrical current from a radio wave is used to heat up a small area of the nerve where the pain starts. Now, that same technique is providing long-term relief for patients with severe knee pain.

Shelly Werner is back in the saddle of her exercise bike. The long-time fitness instructor was sidelined for months with intense knee pain.

“I can’t even squat down to like tie my shoe,” Werner told Ivanhoe.

An autoimmune disease caused her joints to deteriorate. At age 49, Werner wanted to wait as long as possible to replace her knees.

“Lots of patients depend upon a huge dose of pain medicine, or patients just suffer and their quality of life is really compromised,” Zongfu Chen, MD, Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Specialist, University of Pittsburg Medical Center, told Ivanhoe.

When medication and other therapies don’t work, Dr. Chen uses a technique designed to relieve knee pain for up to a year. Radio waves generate heat at the tip of a surgical tool.

“Basically the heat will shock and desensitize the nerve we targeted,” Dr. Chen explained.

The radiofrequency is directed at three of five branches of nerves that lead to the knee, relieving pain almost immediately. Patients go home that day.

Werner was thrilled to have something that finally worked.

“I actually didn’t think I had any options beside injection,” she explained.

Now, she’s back on her feet and ready to help others stay fit.

Dr. Chen says patients may feel pain again when the nerves begin to regenerate. Unlike other treatments the radio frequency ablation process can be repeated.

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8 years ago

will this help a hip prob.??

Richard Gilpatrick
8 years ago

Does anyone know if this would be an effective procedure for sciatic nerve pain ?

8 years ago

Does anyone know if it works on someone who has had a knee replacement?

8 years ago
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Ivan Berry
8 years ago
Reply to  JACK

To disable sensory nerves by electrical or wave blasting as well as cutting or botoxing them would relieve pain, since the nerves are what transmits to the pain centers. The reason leprosy victims lose the tips of their fingers is because of repeated damage because they cannot feel when the digits are being harmed.
Sure, pain in joints or replacement joints could be relieved. Don’t know if that would be a good thing or not, though. You would need discuss this with your doctor, if you can find one in this medical age. Good luck.

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