It is a group none of us want to be a part of; however, as many as 10 million Americans are members: sharing a diagnosis of osteoarthritis. Resulting from the wearing away of cartilage over the years, osteoarthritis symptoms usually strike bigger joints, like the knees, and may be debilitating to a senior’s wellbeing. With three primary recommended treatment plans – over-the-counter medications to lessen inflammation such as ibuprofen, prescription painkillers such as tramadol, or physical therapy – a great many of those with osteoarthritis have reconciled themselves to a life of limping, suffering, modified exercise levels, and not surprisingly, chronic pain.
And even though knee replacement surgery may be helpful for some, not all arthritis sufferers are eligible; or, the risks that come with this type of invasive procedure are too great, particularly for aging adults. Now, however, an impressive new procedure has entered the arena, and is providing great relief from chronic pain and without the risks or complications of the other options. Referred to as cooled radio frequency ablation (“Coolief”), the process works by “…changing the wiring of the knee…taking away the pain signal and interrupting it,” according to Dr. Amin Sandeep, a pain specialist at Rush University Medical Center. The dramatic reduction in osteoarthritis symptoms such as discomfort, inflammation and stiffness also allows many patients to reduce their dependence on prescription medications and then to go back to – or start – a more active lifestyle, resulting in better overall health and wellbeing.
Comparable to injections of cortisone, long-lasting but temporary respite from pain is commonly achieved for a duration of about six to twelve months. Necessitating only local anesthetic, the treatment is completed on an outpatient basis within as little as 40 minutes. Potential risks and recovery time are minimal, but it’s important to note that the treatment does not alter, slow down, or stop the progression of osteoarthritis. Even so, for many people, quality of everyday life is considerably enhanced as discomfort is decreased significantly.
Are you or a senior loved one dealing with the effects of osteoarthritis symptoms? Just a little support will go a long way towards improving wellbeing for the elderly with chronic health concerns such as osteoarthritis and any other conditions of aging, whether through assisting with household chores and laundry, taking care of shopping for groceries and preparing meals, ensuring prescribed medicines are taken exactly as prescribed, or just offering cheerful companionship to brighten up the day. Call Heaven at Home Senior Care, the Texas home health care professionals , at (940) 432-5670 to learn more ways that we can help!