New Solution Uses Cold to Obliterate Osteoarthritis Pain

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By Dr. Arun Kalava, Pain Specialist at TampaPainMD

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Dr. Arun Kalava, TampaPainMD

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 32.5 million adults in the United States are affected by osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis. Also known as “wear and tear” arthritis, OA is a degenerative joint disease that most commonly affects the hips, shoulders, and knees. This can lead to debilitating symptoms like pain, stiffness, and swelling. While aches and pains can be common with aging, they should not prevent you from enjoying the activities you love.

Unfortunately, this is the reality for many people. A recent survey focusing on individuals with knee OA (or chronic knee pain) revealed that over 9 in 10 patients reported missing out on social events due to pain. Beyond the physical suffering, 28% of patients said that their everyday mental health was negatively affected by their ongoing OA pain – as it can impact sleep, mood, and everyday activities. Many patients are familiar with traditional methods for managing OA pain, such as physical therapy, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, ice and elevation, corticosteroid injections, or opioids, which can be accompanied by bothersome side effects that can hinder mobility. While these treatments can provide temporary relief, patients often find themselves searching for long-lasting solutions.

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One treatment option that provides continuous, long-term pain relief is iovera°. This FDA-cleared device uses extreme cold to block pain signals at the source by specifically targeting the nerves causing pain and stopping their ability to send pain signals. The procedure only takes about 30 minutes, can be done in a doctor’s office, and provides immediate relief that can last for up to 90 days. As a drug-free option, iovera° can be used to provide immediate pain relief in the knee, hip, shoulder, foot/ankle, and even the neck.

My practice also uses iovera° as part of a recovery regimen when a patient’s OA eventually requires joint replacement surgery. iovera° can be used to help alleviate pain before and after the procedure. In a study of patients who had knee replacement surgery, those treated with iovera° were more likely to have less pain 2 weeks after surgery. Since implementing this treatment, my patients have been taking fewer painkillers to help relieve pain after surgery.

No one should have to grin and bear the pain caused by OA – pain management should be individualized to ensure the patient’s unique needs are met. If you or a loved one are suffering from OA pain, it might be time to speak with your doctor about your options for lasting relief. Find a physician in your area using iovera° to see if this innovative and immediate pain management option is right for you.

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This article is sponsored by Pacira BioSciences, Inc. Dr. Aru Kalava is a consultant of Pacira BioSciences, Inc. This is based on Dr. Kalava’s experiences. Individual patient experiences may vary.