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Posted 04 Jun, 2017

Arthritis pain and radiofrequency nerve ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (or RFA) is a procedure used to reduce pain. An electrical current produced by a radio wave is used to heat up a small area of nerve tissue, thereby decreasing pain signals from that specific area. RFA can be used to help patients with chronic (long-lasting) low-back and neck pain and pain relat...
Posted 04 Jun, 2017

Knee Pain: Can radiofrequency nerve ablation help?

As you age, your joints break down, your cartilage wears thin, and the fluids that lubricate your joints decrease. You may begin to experience arthritis, pain, and swelling in your joints. The nerves exiting your spinal cord can become pinched or constrained when arthritis begins to affect your vertebrae. If pills and...
Posted 04 Jun, 2017

Botox injections for treatment of chronic migraine headaches

In the quest to find relief from chronic migraine headaches, you might try just about anything. After all, migraines can be painful and debilitating, and they can greatly affect your quality of life. If you experience migraine symptoms on 15 or more days each month, you have chronic migraines. Over-the-counter or presc...
Posted 04 Jun, 2017

Knee pain and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy

Traditional methods of managing knee pain caused by osteoarthritis (OA) include anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, cortisone injections, and surgery. In the past decade, researchers have examined whether injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can be used to manage OA of the knee. Despite its use, there has been c...
Posted 06 Nov, 2016

Epidural injections effective for managing chronic spinal pain

Properly used, epidural spinal injections are an effective way to manage chronic spinal pain, according to the results of a systematic review of the available literature. Published in Pain Physician (2015;18:E939-E1004), the study’s investigators, including first author and that journal’s editor-in-chief Alan Kaye, MD,...
Posted 06 Nov, 2016

Evidence supports combination therapy for treating fibromyalgia pain

A study has found a combination of the pain drugs pregabalin and duloxetine to be more effective than monotherapy in relieving fibromyalgia pain. The findings, published in Pain, provide support for combination therapy, which is commonly used in this patient population despite a lack of strong evidence for the practice...

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Posted 15 Jul, 2017

FDA clears first RF ablation treatment for osteoarthritis knee pain

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first and only radio frequency (RF) treatment to be cleared specifically to alleviate chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis. Marketed by Halyard Health as “Coolief,” the new procedure uses minimally-invasive needles and water-cooled electrodes t...
Posted 02 Jul, 2017

Understanding fibromyalgia: widespread pain syndrome

Fibromyalgia, also called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may also have: increased sensitivity to pain fatigue (extreme tiredness) muscle stiffness difficulty sleeping problems with mental processes (known as...
Posted 02 Jul, 2017

How the SGB injection has revolutionized PTSD treatment

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. They may also have problems sleeping, such as ...