While surgical intervention may be beneficial and necessary for patients with specific conditions, it is not for everyone. Since surgery is an invasive and extremely expensive path to finding pain relief, the number of people choosing non-surgical, minimally-invasive treatment options continue to rise as the noninvasive techniques are being developed and perfected.

Dr. Joshua G. Hackel focuses on providing individuals who are suffering with chronic pain clinically-proven, non-surgical pain relief options. One of the newest FDA-approved, non-surgical pain relief options for chronic knee and hip pain is Coolief radiofrequency ablation.

What is it?

COOLIEF is a minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure designed to target only the sensory nerves directly responsible for causing a patient's knee or hip pain. Studies indicate that COOLIEF provides patients suffering with chronic knee or hip pain an average of 12 months of relief. Furthermore, during the 12 months of relief, patients’ dependency on medications decreases and they notice an improvement in their mobility and up to a 50-80% decrease in pain. COOLIEF has been approved by the FDA to treat arthritic pain related to the knee and hip.

How does it work?

Dr. Joshua G. Hackel performs the COOLIEF procedure using fluoroscopic and ultrasound guidance; as the patient's nerve tissue is heated, water circulates through the COOLIEF device. The nerve thereafter can not conduct the pain sensation from inside the hip or knee joint to the brain. The patient loses no sensation to the skin around the joint. This procedure allows Dr. Hackel to safely target these sensory nerves that are causing the pain.

Who is it for?

Traditionally, individuals suffering with chronic pain have relied on prescription medications and/or over-the-counter treatments to ease their pain. Although many of these medications can be effective in relieving some of the pain, they are not able to target the nerves responsible for causing the pain. Furthermore, these medications and treatments frequently have troublesome side effects.

Some of these side effects include:

  • Constipation;
  • Difficulty breathing;
  • Dependency;
  • Addiction;
  • Fatigue;
  • A slower recovery;
  • Nausea; and/or
  • Vomiting.

With the COOLIEF procedure, Dr. Joshua G. Hackel can treat chronic hip and knee pain, providing patients around 12 months of relief, consequently improving his or her physical abilities and reducing their dependency on pain medication during this timeframe.

Dr. Hackel provides his patients with discharge instructions following their COOLIEF procedure to ensure the best recovery and pain relief results possible.

Want to learn more?

As an experienced COOLIEF-trained physician, Dr. Joshua G. Hackel can determine if this procedure is right for you. If it is not, he may recommend another, non-surgical, minimally-invasive procedure available at the Andrews Institute.

COOLIEF offers patients suffering with chronic pain:

  • A non-surgical, minimally-invasive solution for chronic pain in the hip or knee
  • Improved mobility
  • Long-term pain relief (around 12 months);
  • A quicker recovery period than is seen with surgery; and
  • An outpatient procedure that does not require a hospital stay.

Request a Consultation

Pain is a sign that something is not right and it should never be ignored; left untreated, further musculoskeletal damage may occur. Dr. Hackel and his staff are dedicated to helping people suffering with chronic pain find relief through non-surgical procedures.

If you are suffering with pain, we can help. As a specialist in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound for diagnosing and treating orthopaedic injuries, Dr. Joshua G. Hackel can determine what is causing your pain and then create a custom-designed treatment plan for you.

Your treatment plan may include COOLIEF treatments, Regenerative Medicine and Injection Therapy and/or Peripheral Joint Injections. Since Dr. Hackel specializes in performing these pain relief treatments, you know you are in good hands. Call the Andrews Institute today at 850-916-8783 to schedule your initial consultation. The Andrews Institute is located at 1040 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Suite 200, Gulf Breeze, Florida.

Let us know how we can help you feel your best.