The burden of pain is phenomenally high, impacting the health care system in terms of health care expenditure, loss of productivity (patient with disability unable to work), and higher morbidity. Radiofrequency ablation technology for pain management involves ablation of nerves and affected tissues by generating heat from a high frequency current. It is a minimally invasive therapy, used for refractive pain in which even nerve blocks have failed. The prospects for this type of pain therapy are very promising.
One of the most significant factors driving radiofrequency ablation for pain management is the surge in cases of lower back pain, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. According to the World Health Organization, osteoarthritis is one of the 10 most disabling diseases in developed nations, with an estimated 18.0% of women and 9.60% of men over the age of 60 presenting symptomatic osteoarthritis worldwide. In the US alone, an estimated 52.5 million adults suffer from one or the other form of arthritis and approximately one in every 250 children suffer from rheumatic conditions or arthritis.
An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association states that the prevalence of chronic, impairing lower back pain in the US rose from 3.90% in 1992 to 10.20% in 2006. This makes it the second most common cause of disability in adults in the country. At some time during their lives, over 80.0% of the US population will experience lower back pain.
For more information on Radiofrequency ablation for pain management, contact Franklin Pain and Wellness Center.
Source: Industry Today