Pain and swelling are caused by tissues becoming inflamed from an injury. Cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy, works to numb the affected area and reduce the blood flow. Cold therapy is the “I” portion of R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). The cold will help minimize the inflammation and swelling around a tendon or joint that is causing the pain. The benefits of applying cold therapy include: lowering the temperature of the skin, reducing nerve activity, and reducing pain and swelling.
Focused Cold Therapy in San Jose
Allied Pain & Spine Institute uses Focused Cold Therapy through iovera°® to treat pain for occipital neuralgia, knee pain, TMJ, and other conditions. The iovera°® technology interrupts the pain signal transmissions to the brain by using the body’s natural response to cold. Cryoanalgesia is a cold pain relief that applies a cold probe-like device to destroy the nerves of the affected area.
The iovera°® treatment applies Focused Cold Therapy to a peripheral nerve through a small, hand-held device. The device allows doctors to target the exact nerves that need to be blocked. Damage to nearby tissue is minimized through the needle-based system. A cold zone is formed under the skin to prevent the nerve from sending pain signals without causing damage to surrounding structures. This is temporary for the nerve but does provide pain relief until the nerve regenerates and function is restored. The iovera°® treatment could last up to 90 days depending on the severity of pain.
Focused Cold Therapy with iovera°® is minimally invasive and is a same-day office procedure. Multiple treatments may be needed depending on the severity of pain. The team at Allied Pain & Spine Institute offers the best in pain and injury management. If you are looking for pain relief without the use of drugs, contact Allied Pain & Spine Institute to schedule your appointment today.
Posted on behalf of Dr. James Petros, Allied Pain & Spine Institute