Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a widespread and debilitating medical condition, affecting at least 1 in 6 adults in every state across the country. OA can lead to pain, stiffness, and limited mobility in the affected joints, including the knee, hip, and shoulder. This can hinder a person’s sleep quality, mood and everyday activities. Ultimately, many patients who suffer from OA will eventually face joint replacement surgery for more permanent relief. In fact, surgery rates have grown in the last decade, with total knee replacement and total hip replacement procedures both expected to increase.
Opioids are often prescribed in an attempt to manage OA-related pain; however, studies have demonstrated that the long-term use of opioids for OA discomfort can be problematic. This is due to various factors including the risk of misuse, the potential for addiction, diminishing efficacy over time due to tolerance development, and the potential for adverse side effects. Short-acting corticosteroid injections are also an option to manage OA pain; however, their duration gradually loses efficacy, allowing the pain to persist.
For those living with OA pain, it’s important to know there are options that can provide effective, long-lasting pain management. One option that many patients are turning to is iovera°. This FDA-cleared handheld device delivers extreme cold to freeze the nerves causing pain, immediately stopping their ability to transmit a pain signal. A non-drug, non-opioid option, iovera° can be used to provide immediate pain relief in the knee, hip shoulder, foot/ankle and even the neck. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and can be done right in a doctor’s office, providing relief that can last for up to 90 days.
iovera° can also be used before knee replacement surgery to help alleviate pain before and after the procedure. In addition to reducing pain, it has been shown to improve range of motion following surgery. iovera° has also been proven to significantly reduce the need for opioids after knee replacement surgery, with a 45% reduction in opioid use at 12 weeks post-surgery and a 68% decrease in opioids consumed during the hospital stay.
If you or a loved one is living with OA, don’t settle for ongoing pain. Know there are effective options available that can provide long-lasting relief, allowing you to get back to the everyday activities that you may have had to put off. Find a doctor in your area using iovera° to see if this immediate pain management option is right for you at https://www.iovera.com/find-a-doctor.
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This article is sponsored by Pacira BioSciences, Inc.