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New, Non-Surgical Treatment Eases Knee Pain from Chronic Arthritis

New, Non-Surgical Treatment Eases Knee Pain from Chronic Arthritis

For people who are struggling with chronic knee pain from arthritis, but are unable to get surgery, there is a new treatment that could help bring relief. According to NBC News, the FDA recently approved a treatment called “cool radio frequency ablation”, or “COOLIEF”. COOLIEF is a minimally-invasive treatment option for patients with severe arthritis in the knee, but who do not want to or cannot undergo a knee replacement surgery. COOLIEF does not eliminate arthritis in the knee, but instead relieves pain and helps patients get back to their regular activities. In this procedure, radio frequency is used to “target and mute the nerves responsible for sending pain signals from the arthritic knee to the brain.”

A 2016 Study compared COOLIEF to other popular cortisone injections. The study found that patients using COOLIEF found greater and longer lasting pain relief than those using cortisone injections. Another study from 2017 found that 74% of the patients who were treated with COOLIEF found a pain reduction of at least 50% at six months after the procedure.  “This study proves that COOLIEF* provides more lasting relief than steroid injections for patients suffering from chronic osteoarthritis knee pain,” says Dr. Timothy Davis, founder and medical director of Orthopedic Pain Specialists in Santa Monica, California. “Many patients are not immediate candidates for knee replacement surgery and other patients choose to delay surgery. It’s important that these patients know they have other options for treating their chronic pain so they can get back to their normal lives faster.”


Dr. Steven Lipsky

Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician in Arizona for the last 41 years, and a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley for the last 40 years. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine and did post-graduate training in Family Practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix before going into the full-time practice of Emergency Medicine in 1975. Dr. Lipsky has worked in every type of Emergency Department in Arizona – from inner city and rural, small volume and large, public and private hospitals, teaching and nonteaching hospitals. He has taught at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Division of Clinical Education, as well as in Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona. He has received the highest number of patient satisfaction letters in his group at multiple facilities and has been recognized at Paradise Valley Hospital for his outstanding performance. A past president of the Arizona College of Emergency Physicians (representing over 800 Emergency Physicians in our state) along with many other positions in the organization, Dr. Lipsky was also one of six Councillors representing Arizona to the National Council of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Lipsky built, owned, and was the Medical Director for the first 24hr free-standing Emergicenter and Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service in Jamaica. In conjunction with USAID, Cornell Medical Center’s School of Public Health, the Ministry of Health and Environmental Control of Jamaica, and the U.S. Peace Corps, he participated in a successful program to stem infant mortality in rural areas.

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