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Novel ablation technique appears to ease osteoarthritis shoulder and hip pain


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Radiological Society of North American Annual Meeting
Reuters Health - 03/12/2020 - Cooled radiofrequency ablation (c-RFA) appears to provide lasting pain relief for patients with moderate to severe osteoarthritis in the hip or shoulder, according to a new study. Standard RFA covers a very narrow treatment area, while c-RFA covers an area five times larger, Dr. Felix M. Gonzalez with Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, explained in a presentation of the findings at the Radiological Society of North American (RSNA) virtual annual meeting. The study included 23 patients with pain from moderate to severe shoulder (12 patients; mean age, 61 years) and hip (11 patients; mean age, 62) osteoarthritis that did not respond adequately to anti-inflammatory pain control and intra-articular lidocaine-steroid injections. The c-RFA protocol is a two-step process. Patients with shoulder joint pain are given fluoroscopically guided anesthetic blocks of the suprascapular, lateral pectoral and axillary sensory...


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