Cryoneurolysis Shows Promise in Treating Knee Arthritis

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A little-known treatment shows promise in decreasing pain and disability associated with mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis (OA) for up to 5 months, the authors of a new randomized controlled trial report.

 

In an intention-to-treat analysis, cryoneurolysis at the infrapatellar branch of the saphenous nerve was associated with a significant decrease in pain compared with patients undergoing a sham procedure, Richard Radnovich, DO, and colleagues write in an article published online March 21 in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

 

These findings compare favorably to the effects of other treatments for knee OA, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, opioids, and viscosupplementation, they add. Cryoneurolysis might be a good choice, “particularly as part of a changing healthcare landscape that seeks to identify effective and safe non-pharmacological options to treat chronic pain.”

Source: http://www.scitechnol.com/medical-biotechnology.php

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