It is a group no one wants to join; however, as many as 10 million Americans are members: sharing a diagnosis of osteoarthritis. Due to the wearing away of cartilage with time, osteoarthritis regularly impacts larger joints, like the knees, and may be debilitating to a senior’s total wellbeing. With three main recommended treatment plans – over-the-counter medications to decrease inflammation such as ibuprofen, prescription painkillers such as tramadol, or physical therapy – many people with osteoarthritis have resigned themselves to a lifetime of limping, discomfort, modified activity levels, and not surprisingly, chronic pain.
And while knee replacement surgery may be beneficial for some, not all arthritis sufferers are eligible; or, the potential risks that come with such an invasive procedure are too great, especially for aging adults. Now, however, an exciting new procedure has entered the arena, and provides great relief from chronic osteoarthritis pain and without the risks or side effects of the other alternatives. Known 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 impressive reduction in pain, inflammation and stiffness also makes it possible for many patients to reduce their need for medications and then to resume – or begin – a more active lifestyle, leading to better overall health and wellness.
Similar to injections of cortisone, long-lasting but temporary relief from aches and pains is commonly achieved for a period of around six to twelve months. Necessitating only local anesthetic, the process is conducted on an outpatient basis within as little as 40 minutes. Risks and recovery time are minimal, but it’s important to note that the process will not change, slow down, or stop the progress of osteoarthritis. But for several, quality of life is greatly improved as suffering is lessened significantly.
Are you or an elderly loved one faced with the effects of osteoarthritis? Some help can go a long way towards improving well being for the elderly with chronic health concerns such as osteoarthritis and any other conditions of aging, whether through helping with housework and laundry, taking care of shopping for groceries and preparing meals, ensuring medications are taken exactly as prescribed, or simply offering cheerful companionship to make the day brighter. Call Sheila’s Angels In Home Care of Houston, TX at (281) 661-8808 to learn more ways that we can be of assistance!