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Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation (CRFA)


 

Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation (CRFA)

  • Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common cause of knee pain affecting approximately 15 million people. Many people with knee OA are not surgical candidates due to health, age, or other factors. CRFA is a treatment to deactivate or block the knee’s sensory nerves from sending pain signals to the brain. There are four treatment sites at the knee where CRFA safely deactivates pain-transmitting sensory nerves and leaves the other nerves that control movement and strength intact.
  • Studies have shown effectiveness of CRFA to provide moderate pain relief for patients with relief that can last 12 months or longer. Considering the ongoing opioid epidemic and our desire to treat pain at the site with safer, non-narcotic options, CRFA provides an effective option for patients.
  • CRFA has been shown to improve quality of life and physical function for OA sufferers. CRFA is minimally invasive and affords a quick recovery where most patients can expect to feel pain relief within 1-2 weeks and better quality of life much sooner than surgery. Also, no additional pain medication is necessary, nor overnight hospital stay. Additionally, CRFA is performed with needles and involves no incision.
  • A recent study compared CRFA (Coolief) vs knee steroid injection and found that CRFA provided significantly greater and long-lasting pain relief, better physical function, and higher patient satisfaction than steroid injection.
  • You may be eligible for CRFA if you have had pain for at least 3 months, you are not a candidate for or aren’t yet ready for surgery, and you are not finding relief with current treatments.
Location
Sports Health Northwest, Inc
12672 NW Barnes RD, STE 100
Portland, OR 97229
Phone: 503-747-6376
Fax: 503-530-8406
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