How Coolief Works to Relieve Shoulder Pain

How Coolief Works to Relieve Shoulder Pain

About 8 million Americans seek medical attention each year for shoulder problems. A complex joint that has a wide range of motion capable of transmitting great strength, a shoulder’s vulnerabilities are equally complex.

When you experience chronic pain from your shoulder, there may not be an obvious or treatable cause for pain. Managing pain may be your priority when it starts to detract from daily living.

Conventional drug therapy typically uses over-the-counter medications first, proceeding to prescription medications when more conservative drugs no longer ease your discomfort. Both OTC and prescription medications have side effects, and if you progress to opioid-based drugs, dependency may become a problem.

Radiofrequency to the rescue

An alternative to conventional pain management comes in the form of a minimally invasive treatment called radiofrequency ablation. A proprietary refinement of this technique, called Coolief®, further improves the effectiveness of the treatment, which changes the way your nerves report pain to the brain.

The radiofrequency ablation procedure introduces a probe under your skin, close to the nerves where shoulder pain originates, and then sends a signal that causes the local nerves to heat up and cease functioning. This stops the transmission of pain to the brain. Eventually, your body will rebuild nerve paths, which may cause your shoulder pain to return.

How Coolief enhances radiofrequency ablation

Most tissue in your body becomes compromised when warmed. It generally takes only about a 10-degree boost to damage tissue. Therefore, care is necessary to target nerve tissue only, while not damaging surrounding tissue.

Coolief has both heating and cooling mechanisms. While nerve tissue warms from the transmission and absorption of radiofrequency energy, Coolief adds water cooling, so that surrounding tissue doesn’t overheat during treatment.

The benefits of Coolief treatment

The Coolief system was designed for knee applications, the basis for the Food and Drug Administration clearing it, but it can be used off-label for other chronic pain situations and works well on many cases of shoulder pain. Treatment consists of placing the Coolief probe under the skin, a needle-like apparatus that doesn’t require an incision.

Classed as a minimally invasive technique, there’s little risk or recovery time from treatment, and you may feel results within two weeks.

You may feel a reduction or elimination of pain, and results from a Coolief treatment can last for up to 12 months. Treatment is drug-free and may reduce your dependence on other pain medications. You may also notice increased range of motion, and the treatment is done on an outpatient basis, typically in the offices of Space City Pain Specialists.

Coolief is well-placed between conservative treatments and surgery. It’s particularly effective when surgical results can’t be assured. Your results may be different than those of other patients, though Coolief and other radiofrequency ablation procedures show a success rate of 70% or higher.

When your shoulder pain turns chronic, but you’re not yet ready for surgery, talk to the pain management experts at Space City Pain Specialists. You can call the office or request an appointment via the convenient online tool. You no longer need to endure shoulder pain indefinitely.

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