Coolief Specialist

Interventional Pain Center -  - Interventional Pain Specialist

Interventional Pain Center

Interventional Pain Specialists located in Charlotte, NC

At any age, chronic knee, hip, and back pain can stop you in your tracks and keep you away from the activities you enjoy. If that describes you, then you should know that a new minimally invasive procedure, Coolief®, can provide relief that lasts up to a year or longer. The team at Interventional Pain Center, a division of Providence Anesthesiology Associates, proudly offers this cutting-edge treatment to help their patients get long-lasting pain relief. To learn whether it can help you, call the office conveniently located in central Charlotte, North Carolina, or request an appointment online.

Coolief Q & A

What is Coolief?

Coolief is an innovative medical device that uses cooled radiofrequency (RF) ablation to relieve chronic knee, hip, and back pain. The benefits of Coolief include:

  • Pain relief that lasts up to one or two years
  • Pain relief in about two weeks
  • Improved mobility and functioning
  • Reduced need for pain medication
  • Minimally invasive procedure needing no incision
  • Outpatient procedure so you’re home the same day

Coolief relieves pain caused by:

  • Pinched nerves and disc problems in any part of your spine
  • Sacroiliac joint pain in your hip
  • Knee pain, especially osteoarthritis

Studies show that Coolief produces better and longer-lasting pain relief for knee osteoarthritis compared to another common treatment, an intra-articular steroid injection.

How does Coolief work?

Standard RF ablation relieves pain using heat to create a small wound in the nerve responsible for sending pain signals to your brain. The wound blocks the nerve signals, which means your brain never gets the message and you don’t feel the pain.

Coolief uses the same RF technique, but the energy is cooler, which allows time to create a larger wound on the nerve. Your nerves eventually heal and regrow, but the larger treatment area Coolief creates means that nerve regeneration takes longer. As a result, you get longer-lasting relief.

What should I expect during a Coolief procedure?

Before you get Coolief treatment, the team at Interventional Pain Center performs diagnostic tests to determine whether RF treatment will work for you. They do the test by injecting a local anesthetic into the same nerves that RF energy would target.

If the anesthetic relieves your pain, you’re a good candidate for Coolief. Your Coolief treatment is delivered using long, narrow needle-like electrodes. They’re inserted through your skin just like an anesthetic injection. When the electrode is against the nerve, it emits RF energy through the tip.

After your Coolief procedure, you may experience temporary discomfort, but you can go home shortly after treatment. Most patients get back to their normal activities within a few days, depending on the area treated.

If you can’t get relief from chronic knee, back, or hip pain, call Interventional Pain Center or request an appointment online to learn whether you’re a good candidate for Coolief.