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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

of patients stopped or decreased use of opioids, 48 percent of patients reported significant reduction in pain scores and 85 percent stated quality of life was improved or much improved. In some patients, relief was maintained up to 20 months.

These results echo published study findings from Dr. Nilesh Patel of Advanced Pain Management in Green Bay, Wis., in which patients treated with the SInergy Cooled RF System showed significant improvements in pain, disability and quality-of-life outcomes at the three-month mark. Durability of relief was maintained at the nine-month follow-up and 59 percent achieved treatment success[i].

Low back pain is the second most common cause of disability in U.S. adults[ii] and a common reason for lost work days[iii], [iv]. Cooled RF is a minimally-invasive non-pharmacological treatment option for those suffering from low back pain. RF energy heats the nerve tissue while circulating water moderates the temperature in close proximity to the electrode. This combination creates large volume lesions without excessive heating at the electrode. Patients are typically placed under little-to-no sedation and are released the same day.

"The promising results from these two studies further validate the effectiveness and role of cooled radiofrequency as a minimally-invasive treatment option for low back pain," said Lisa Kudlacz , General Manager, Global Interventional Pain Management, Kimberly-Clark Health Care. "Patients with difficult-to-treat, chronic low back pain have an option that has demonstrable benefits — reduction in medication usage, significant improvement in quality of life and improved functionality — to get back to their active lifestyles."

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