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Studies Published in Pain Medicine Demonstrate Effectiveness of Minimally-Invasive Cooled Radiofrequency Treatment for Low Back Pain
Date:3/1/2013

System reported significantly greater improvements in restoration of physical function, and a decrease in pain, disability and opioid usage compared to patients in the control group. The study was conducted at the Department of Pain Management at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Center for Clinical Research at Carolina's Pain Institute in Winston-Salem.

"Discogenic low back pain accounts for the majority of chronic low back pain. Traditional treatment options include pharmacologic, physiotherapy and surgical options such as spinal fusion or artificial disc replacement. These data are particularly encouraging because there is now additional, compelling evidence to suggest a minimally-invasive approach, such as cooled radiofrequency, can provide sustained relief to a carefully selected group of patients," said lead clinical investigator Leonardo Kapural, M.D., Ph.D. "In this study, patients treated with the TransDiscal Cooled RF System experienced clinically significant improvements in physical function compared to those in the control group."

In the same edition of Pain Medicine, a retrospective chart review found the use of cooled RF to be significantly effective for the treatment of SIJ low back pain. The European study, led by Dr. Wolfgang Stelzer of the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, examined the electronic records of 126 patients treated with Kimberly-Clark's SInergy Cooled RF System for SIJ pain. The retrospective chart review showed promising, durable improvements in pain, quality of life and reduction in medication usage.

At the one-year follow-up, 67 percent
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