What is the treatment for joint pain due to arthritis?
Initial treatment may include physical therapy, exercises that off-load the painful joints, glucosamine supplements and oral painkillers.
What is viscosupplementation?
Viscosupplementation involves injecting a gel-like substance called hyaluronic acid into the joint to lubricate and cushion the joint. Such treatment may help reduce joint pain for about 6-12 months.
Can radiofrequency ablation help reduce joint pain?
Yes. Radiofrequency (RF) ablation uses RF energy to generate heat. This heat is targeted at nerves that supply the joint. By removing painful signals within the nerves, pain from the joint is reduced.
RF ablation has been shown to be effective in reducing shoulder, hip and knee pain, improving mobility and range of motion. The effect can last up to 2-3 years. This also avoids the surgical risk of undergoing a joint replacement surgery, especially in elderly patients who may have multiple medical problems.